I had an “ah-ha” moment this evening as read this article on Messing Around. About 20 years ago we had some type of Mac computer. It was my husband’s and the operating system was Japanese. He had written an article and needed it typed into the computer. Now that was going to be a challenge since the article was in Japanese and I basically don’t read Japanese. I might also mention that my husband is a pathologist, so it had something to do with cancer research. My in-laws were visiting at the time and my mother-in-law was willing to help, unfortunately she knew nothing about computers or typing in romaji for hiragana and kanji to appear. Don’t ask me why my mother-in-law and I decided that we would “help” my husband and type in the article.I might also mention that I had 2 teenagers, 2 pre-schoolers and a one-year-old at the time. Needless to say, I don’t think I was thinking straight. Anyway, my mother-in-law read each kanji, I would try to understand the syllables she said and type in the romaji, wait for the kanji to appear and then she would help me decide which one to click on. It was rather painstaking. We eventually finished. Now, I was trying to save energy and thought I should shut down the computer. I had no idea how to save the document or really what I was doing with the computer. I did manage to get the computer turned off, but didn’t know what we had “saved” the document as or even if we had saved the document. When my husband came home, he was unable to find the document, although I do believe a few years later it did make an appearance, although too late. He had to retype the entire thing. I thought I would never touch a computer again. Seven years later I began teaching and was introduced to more Apple/Mac computers, but with an English operating system. Although I use computers on a regular basis and even have helped other teachers in our elementary division to use them in the classroom I think I have some fears of spending a lot of time and then losing everything I’ve done. I’m realizing that most times what I lose in not irreplaceable and the more I “mess around” the more fun and interesting things I find to do. I know that computers need not be feared and can be fun.