A few weeks ago, our computer stopped cooperating with our scanner/printer. The computer knew what we wanted it to do, but the message somehow couldn’t reach the printer to complete the task. Interesting to realize the similarity of our computer problem and my MS body.
Then the computer wouldn’t “talk” to our cameras to download photos. Mr Legs tried to fix the problem a number of ways, but eventually it became clear that we would need the help of a computer doctor. So, we checked with a local place and were told we would need to allow three days for them to complete the task of fixing whatever the problem was. We tried to identify a three-day period when it would be convenient to be without the computer and we soon realized that there is no convenient time to be without a computer. We did determine when the least inconvenient period of time would be and made a plan for the computer to go in on the first day of that time.
So Mr Legs took the computer in on Monday. I had a plan to do other things during the three day period and told myself a break from the screen would be good, but I did look forward to having the computer back. We have an older and very slow laptop computer that would allow me to check simple things during that time. A call came on Wednesday morning letting us know that the computer had been looked at. The technician was “almost” able to fix it, but almost doesn’t mean fixed. They would need to completely clean it and start over. They would be able to save the contents of the computer and reinstall it all after the cleansing was complete. Unfortunately (for him more than us), a second technician was out of the shop due to a medical problem and a holiday falls during this week so we would need to be without the computer longer than three days, likely a full week from the time we took it in…maybe longer.
I find myself realizing how spoiled I am. We have a great computer and Mr. Legs maintains it well. It is a place where I can be productive, in spite of my limitations. I’m grateful we have the resources to have the computer fixed and it will eventually come back and work better than it did before. I have a great place to live, plenty of good tasting and healthy things to eat. Most important, I have people to love who love me back, despite my brokenness in many ways. And today, on it’s birthday, I am thankful to live in a country where I am free to worship the God I love, and vote and exercise all of the rights many fought for me to have.
I thank God for my life and for the many good things in it.