You’re never too old

The image below is from Andrea Piacquadio at Pexels.com.

For the visually challenged writer, the photo is of an elderly man sitting at a desk typing on a laptop.

If someone had told him sixty years ago what he was about to do now, he would have laughed so hard it may have induced a heart attack.
Arthur was very much old school, pen, paper, slide rule or logs, and now here he was about to embark on the wonders of technology.
The lockdown had hit him hard. A widower for thirty years he was set in his ways, remembering his childhood days of pushbikes, roller skates or go-carts made from scraps of wood and pram wheels with a few nails and a long piece of string.
His grandchildren were all grown up with kids of their own, and the days of dandling babes on knees were long gone. Everything was so different, so automatic, so damn confusing, but you know what they say, if you can’t beat ’em, join em’.
So that’s what he did.
Eighteen months ago he’d enrolled in a computer course at the local community centre and Jemma had taken him under her wing, explaining slowly and simply the basics.
Gradually he had got more confident and now he was ready to see his family regardless of how many hundreds of miles they lived away.
The screen whirred into life, and the sing song dial tones of Skype echoed in the room.
A little bit of focus, and a familiar face came into view.
Arthur grinned at the image of himself in his twenties.
‘Hi Grandad! Look at you!’
‘Hi yourself Mac! How is everybody? It’s so great to see you!’
A chorus of Hi Dad and Grandad resonated in his small apartment.
With tears in his eyes he said it was almost like old times, just socially distant.

Written for https://fivedotoh.com/2020/05/18/fandangos-flash-fiction-challenge-66/

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have an elderly dog called Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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28 Responses to You’re never too old

  1. pendantry says:

    Love the opening line, I was hooked ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Paula Light says:

    Aww what a sweet story! โค๏ธ

  3. willowdot21 says:

    Truly a tear jerker ๐Ÿ’œ

  4. Astrid says:

    This is such a wonderful tale! I remember thinking I was too old and especially cognitively impaired to learn to use a smartphone at 31. Thankfully I wasn’t. I can only hope that, if I make it to this man’s old age, I’ll still be able to learn modern tech.

  5. quiall says:

    Enjoyed that! A sign of the times.

  6. Oh that was LOVELY! (I’ve had to wipe a few tears away too). You have a flair. Great story! Bravo!

  7. Ohh that’s such a sweet tale. I’m glad that he got some face time with his loved ones. โ™ฅ๏ธ Great story, Di.

  8. Lisa Coleman says:

    Lovely story that many of us are living at the moment. Some older generations were never trained with computers and don’t understand today’s technology to continue communicating in these difficult times which can be sad. What a sweet ending!

    • thanks Lisa. I wish I was good at modern technology, but my brain doesn’t seem to work that way and I’m old school.

      • Lisa Coleman says:

        You have a blog. Iโ€™d say you are doing pretty darn good! Iโ€™m a 54 year old graphic artist by trade and learning this blog stuff has been a huge learning curve for me. Keep inโ€™ up with the young guns is hard work. ๐Ÿ˜Š

      • Hubby started me on the blog and showed me the ropes. I learn by watching rather than reading and then when my confidence builds up I experiment a little.

      • Lisa Coleman says:

        I knew nothing when I started almost a year ago. Iโ€™ve learned from practice, trial and error. I also spent several hours on chat with several happiness engineers. ๐Ÿ˜Š creating a website has always been like hitting a brick wall. Iโ€™m getting better at it though. You are doing great! ๐Ÿ’œ

      • Thanks. I’m so pleased with how things have turned out with it, though I’m still learning!

      • Lisa Coleman says:

        Arenโ€™t we all! You are not alone. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  9. Fandango says:

    An excellent piece and very heartwarming. Well done, Di! Totally enjoyed this!

  10. I really enjoyed this story. It made me smile.

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