It’s amusing to me how excited I can get over learning something new, even the simplest thing.  Approaching 69 quickly, I work to keep my brain power as sharp as possible by playing games that make me think, reading, getting outside, and hanging out with people as much as I can.

Watching the students, all 21 or older, whom I am working with this year, use their computers is inspiring.  The first computers I was around were in a math lab at the elementary school my children attended.  They were simple machines that were used in a lab for the students to do math.  I remember that the screens were black and the numbers were white – I think.  Anyway, I decided that if kindergartners could do this, so could I, and I embraced the computer age.

What amazing changes there have been since that time, probably 40 years ago.  Shoot, there are amazing changes every year, month, week, and day now.  What you thought you knew is updated so quickly.  People grumble and curse the new ways, but I’ve found that most of them are pretty spectacular.

Today, I taught myself how to do something on the computer, something so simple that I won’t give details because I wouldn’t be surprised if my 5 year old granddaughter could have taught it to me.  I was beaming to myself with pride at learning this skill that my students assumed I knew.  It takes so very little to make me proud of myself these days.

Oh well, onward we march.  Now I’m going to concentrate on getting the rest of my body as sharp as my brain.  It’s going to take the whole package of me, brains and body, to conquer this latest challenge of approaching the truly elderly ages with more than a sigh and resignation.  After all, I’ve sworn to keep up with my grandkids for as long as possible.  By keeping up, I mean being able to do active things with them, even if I can’t possibly move as fast as they do.  At least my brain is up to the challenge…so far.  Sigh…