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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Download/Upload (11/17/11)

TITLE: My Stubborn Mom
By Ken Ebright


Verna sat down at the computer and hit the desk with her fist. "Why can't the church phone us with the bi-weekly prayer requests? Why does a 73 need to learn to use a computer? Don't people use the phone anymore?"

George was reading in the other room and chuckled. "Donít let your curlers get in a bind. I can help you."

Verna grunted, ďI got my first e-mail from church. It says that I need to download an attachment. I don't know what to do."

George walked over to the computer and sat next to her. "You'll need to click on the paper clip."

Verna clicked on the paper clip. "There's a box that says open and save. Iíll click on save."

George raised his voice, "No, you want to click on open!"

"Don't tell me what to do; I'm your mother. If I click on open, I'll lose my prayer requests."

George's jaw tightened, "Mom, I know something about computers. You won't lose it. If you click open, youíll download your prayer requests. As long as you don't erase the e-mail you can always download."

Verna turned her head, looked over her glasses and stared at George. "I'll lose them if I click on open!"

George's face turned red. "Mom, please listen to me, click on open. After they download then you can print them."

Verna eyes sparkled, "I can print?"

"Yes, print."

"If I open it how will I be able to read it?" Verna whipped the cursor and moved it over open.

"Mom, youíre being difficult, trust me. It'll go to Word, you'll be able to read it. Now click on open."

"Whatís Word?" Verna turned her head and raised her right eyebrow.

George grinned. "It's a word processing program. You can use it to type up letters."

Verna shook her head, "What ever happened to the typewriter?"

George laughed, "People use computers now. They got rid of typewriters 20 years ago."

"Boy, how times have changed!"

Verna finally clicked on open. "Yee-ha! It worked. I guess you can teach an old dog new tricks."

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Nancy Bucca12/01/11
This is a cute story and so relatable! I too am a stubborn mom (having gotten both some helpful and some not-so-helpful help from my children when it comes to using computers, cell phones, etc. Maybe that's why I like stories like this so much.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 12/01/11
I really liked the humor in this piece. I could easily picture these two quibbling over the computer. You did a nice job covering the topic in a fun, fresh way.
Hiram Claudio12/06/11
This was such a fun story and an enjoyable read. As has been mentioned, I really could see these two have this "conversation." I could also feel the son getting impatient and the mom not understanding why.

The overall piece was written very strongly. I would have liked a stronger ending though, something perhaps in keeping with the back and forth of these two. But overall, this was one of my favorites!
Vickie Wright12/12/11
This is a great story. I really enjoyed it and thought it was true to life.
Nancy Bucca12/15/11
Congratulations on your Highly Commended!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 12/15/11
Congratulations on your HC! You are doing so great! Happy dance!!!
Camille (C D) Swanson 12/16/11
Congrats on your HR placing. God Bless~