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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Hard and Soft (04/23/09)

TITLE: Gram Gets Upgraded
By Patricia Herchenroether


After a year of gentle badgering, my extensive family convinced me it was high time that I purchase a computer. The concrete wall of resistance finally cracked and crumbled a number of months ago when my 12-year-old granddaughter called from Arizona. She used the perfect bait to hook this old fish.

“After all, Gram,” said Hannah, “we all love and miss you so much! We hardly ever get to see you and we could send messages back and forth every single day!” Then 10-year-old Sammy snatched the phone away from his sister. “Guess what, Grandma! I could send you pictures of me and our new puppy-and my cousin Broghan and Uncle Butch and Aunt Kelly. I learned how!”

Their mother got on the phone extension. “Mom,” Sue (as in Sue-the-rational-teacher) expanded, “you never even unpacked the cell phone we sent you because you thought ‘those foreign spies’ were listening in. You can use a secure web site to email us. This family is large and spread over the West Coast. In your time zone, it’s too late for us to call you after work. I want to visit with my mother more than just on weekends. Please?” That net hauled me into the boat.


Two weeks later I received a check in the mail from the funds my family pooled, along with an 800 number and complete list of what to order. It read a bit like something out of my favorite reruns of Startrek. Like the Enterprise, I embarked on a journey to ‘Space-The Final Frontier,’ and picked up the telephone.

Whoops-forgot my hearing aid.

I switched the phone to my good ear. “Uh, hello,? I would like to purchase a personal computer.”


“You may call me Mrs. Everson, and please speak a little more slowly.”

“Certainly, Mrs. Everson, what is it that you are looking for?”

“I just told you-a personal computer. Here is exactly what I want,” and I read down the list.
Easy as pie.

“Well, I must say you were well-prepared. One or two more questions and we can close the order.”
After we got the first-name business cleared up, he seemed like a very polite gentleman.

“Mrs. Everson, would you care to add any extra hardware to your order?”

“No, just send the nails and screws that come with it.”

“(chuckle). No ma’am, I meant would you care to purchase an all-in-one machine?”

Isn’t that what I just ordered?

“Never mind, Mrs. Everson, what about upgrading your software? Some of yours may be a bit obsolete.”

“Young man, I do not care to answer that question and it is my opinion that you are very impertinent for asking!”
Strange noises. Did we get cut off?

In a voice that didn’t seem quite so amicable as before, he said, “Please listen carefully. We constantly search for new drivers to keep abreast of things.”

Dear Lord, please help me stay calm.
“I am certainly not a new driver-haven’t driven for years! Are you trying to gather information for some other company? If so, I don’t intend to order anything from you!”

Now that threat brought back his polite demeanor and we quickly wrapped up the sale.


When I recall that conversation five months ago, I want to crawl under my new corner computer desk and hide. Talk about pc dummies! (by the way, I bought one of those ‘Dummie’ books, which I recently gave to a friend). Since then, I have emailed, sent photos, surfed, and shopped online. I have changed hardware settings and installed software, and bought a printer/scanner that I use daily. My MP3 keeps me company while working in the garden.”

I thank my Gracious Father for orchestrating this whole thing. Oh yes, you skeptics, He really does use things of this world to do His work. I’m presently writing a book of verses for children based on The Holy Bible. I also used my (very) humble artistic talent to write and illustrate a booklet for charity. I write a nature page just for kids, with puzzles, games, and information about God’s creations.

The Lord will do whatever it takes to bring us closer to Him. He will use whoever and whatever that will do the job, even children and hi-tech gizmos. I was certainly upgraded when He urged me to step out in faith and leave old ways behind. Whoops. Gotta run-my cell’s ringing!

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Mary McLeary04/30/09
What a wonderful commentary on being "updated". I loved your humor and would love to read more of your "stuff".
Beth B05/01/09
I loved your story! I laughted so hard, because it is so true. Who doesn't get frustrated when someone talks so fast,when doing business on the phone. Thanks for sharing your story.
Sherrie Coronas05/02/09
So much fun to read. Thanks for the great story.
Betty Castleberry05/04/09
Your MC is precious. I always fall for older ladies hook, line, and sinker. Good writing. I really love this.
Mona Purvis05/04/09
Interesting read. Don't you hate it when you haven't a clue what the tech-guy is asking?
Karlene Jacobsen05/04/09
This was so much fun to read. I still get befuddled when talking to a computer techie; so I hand it off to my husband (hehe)
Seema Bagai 05/04/09
Lots of humor in this piece. While "hard" was obvious, I'm not sure I could see the connection to the "soft" part of the challenge, though. Might just be me, though. I'm glad things worked out for the main character.
Connie Dixon05/04/09
I'm proud of Gram for stepping up and actually diving in to the tech nightmare. What an awesome tool for those who are willing to take the dare. Good job!
Patricia Turner05/04/09
Very entertaining and also very realistic. I love your Gram character. Terrific job!
Edmond Ng 05/06/09
A very down to earth and interesting read. Gram certainly needs some software drivers for her printer and scanner. Technology is a tool which can certainly help us get upgraded to serve God better.
Margaret Kearley 05/07/09
Fantastic! Wonderful writing that had been giggling and identifying!
(To be honest, think you deserve the first place ahead of me!)
Margaret Kearley 05/07/09
Whoops!! Meant to say '...had me giggling and identifying'!!
Gloria Graves05/09/09
I really liked your story. We older ladies can still do the things we used to but maybe better. Gloria