Friday, December 25, 2009

A very happy holiday

The Child wanted a new computer for Christmas this year.  I said yes......under one condition: you build it yourself.

He's in 6th grade.  Most parents don't require children of that age to build computers.  But I know this child.  He needs a challenge and he's motivated.

So I asked him to choose the components for his computer online.  He did, and I sent his list to a friend who is an engineer.  He's built a few computers himself.  He approved the list, surprised that it had originated from a child.

The parts arrived early.  The Child wasted no time.

There were a few moments of frustration.  I kept telling him to read the manuals which had come with each component.  (He learned to read in Kindergarden on such technical manuals.)  By golly, he did read them, and before long, the fan was running.

The monitor wasn't getting a signal, though, and he seemed truly stuck.  I told him to load the computer into the car, and I drove him to the local computer repair store.  The geek/owner seemed shocked by The Child building a computer , especially such a powerful one, and after getting over his shock he seemed glad to offer his expertise.  He saw a disconnected cable which solved the problem when connected.  That was easy!

Within minutes the computer was up and running, and The Child was installing Windows 7.  Now he's happliy playing games on it, just like any other child his age.



Merry Christmas!  May you take the steps to make your dreams come true.

6 comments:

Lynilu said...

How wonderful! I'm impressed that he designed and built it, and that you had the foresight to challenge him like that!

Merry Christmas!!

Loving Annie said...

That is awesome and very, very impressive.
You may have the next 'Bill Gates' on your hands :)

B.S. said...

Dear Lynilu,

Well,there was a period for a few hours during which I was pretty sure that I had made a huge mistake. Thank heavens The Child proved me wrong!

Hugs and Merry Christmas,
Betty

B.S. said...

Dear Annie,

I'd love to be related to the next Bill Gates! I like the way you think!

Hugs and Merry Christmas,
Betty

Priyamvada_K said...

WOW! What a wonderfully creative child - a gifted computer guy!

Wishing him all the best - he took on something adults would balk at, and did it. God bless him, and his mom, for encouraging him.

Priya.

B.S. said...

Dear Priya,

Thank you, and Happy Holidays to you and your family!

Hugs,
Betty