It is no secret that throughout the history of mankind, grandparents have been the key to family stability, harmony and continuity. They have been the long term repositories of information and history, the sources of wisdom and experience which contribute to the basic physical survival of various cultures, the teachers, historians and nurturers, and parental consultants, encouragers and supporters throughout the ages.
Grandpa, some ninety plus years, sat feebly on the patio bench. He did not move, just sat with his head down staring at his hands. When I sat down beside him he did not acknowledge my presence. Finally, not really wanting to disturb him but wanting to check on him at the same time, I asked him if he was OK.
by Joan Metzger
This morning I woke up in a cold sweat. My heart pounded, and I gasped for breath. Like Pac-Man, I was being chased, not by a ghost, but by a computer geek.
“Your ‘grandmother board’ is obsolete,” he jeered. “It needs to be replaced.”
“No! No!” I yelled. “I’ll get upgrades, more memory, a smaller chip. I’ll go digital. Whatever it takes!