It is usually quite the challenge for me to write a humorous piece but every so often I feel compelled to try. Recently, I had a long night working on my old laptop computer to complete a certain task assigned to me. It was a very, long and frustrating night but afterward, I felt I had a rather comical tale to tell. It is interesting how, God helps me see humor in a trying situation. I hope my silly story here helps you to have a small laugh and a smile today:
One night I stayed up late as I had a computer date.
A task I must complete so I typed and typed upon that screen.
I finally had all my typing done and time for the printing to begin.
Easy task I thought: just tether my computer to my printer
And then tell my computer to go while watching the paper smoothly flow.
But lo, I found I was very wrong for I pressed ‘print’ and no printing had begun.
Computer and printer would not communicate so I wailed with no time to waste.
I looked again upon the computer screen which reported an urgent message to me;
It seems I needed just the right driver to finish connecting to the printer.
The driver was a software program instructing my printer how to run.
That driver was needed I well know to tell my printer to print and go.
But where was that driver I had no clue; I searched and search until I was weary blue.
With no driver I would not finish on time, I wouldn’t be done by the determined deadline.
So dejected, I sat on the floor and wailed and cried a little more.
Oh where did that driver run off to? No time to go AWOL as we have important work to do.
My computer demanded his presence; he mustn’t go missing; he cannot be absent.
Finally it dawned on me just where that sneaky driver might be.
I hurried to my wearied feet and lo I found him silently hiding from me.
Quickly I opened the CD-ROM drive and set the driver firmly inside.
Soon computer and printer could communicate and begin printing with no time to waste.
So I waited in hope and anticipation for pages of printing to begin.
But instead of humming like a well oiled machine a new warning appeared upon my screen:
“Something is wrong with your printer”. I circled my computer and muttered,
“Your message is no help, Computer, for you don’t tell me what really is the matter.”
Suddenly my computer spoke aloud. So startled was I that I almost jumped into the clouds.
In unfeeling tone, my computer spoke to me, “Look at the message on the screen.”
I began to tremble and fear for my computer now had a voice and ears.
Meekly I returned to my seat and studied the message on the screen.
A problem occurred with the ink. Oh what a bother, what a stink.
First they were in reverse order; the color was in the black slot while black was place of color.
Then they were not correctly placed as I had re-inserted them with such haste.
Finally, the ink was too old and too dry so needed new cartridges; a new supply.
Thankfully I had new ones; a few spare which were stored nearby with gentle care.
So, I retrieved and inserted them in. Then I waited anxiously for the printing to begin.
It finally started, oh great joy I felt. Soon would end my long night of toil.
As each page passed through the feed, my monotone computer would dutifully repeat:
“Printing started, printing complete. Printing started, printing complete…”
Finally the last page passed through and there was no more printing left to do!
Sleepily, wearily, I climbed into bed with the voice of a talking computer stuck in my head.
In the blessed silence, I fell asleep being thankful that my task was finished and complete.
Tomorrow will arrive soon; another day to face a new hurdle, a new challenge, along the way.