Posted: 22/08/2013 at 07:09
We have a father in law (wifes dad) and after mum died a few years ago now we we're very worried how he'd cope, he's very much his own man and always has been but he's also the sort he'd give you his last penny,
One day he said he 'd bought a PC and he was going to learn how to use it and send us "e" mails etc,
I was worried sick because of todays world and people like you've just talked about getting hold of info they shouldn't,
His health isn't good these days as he's 84 this year,
Anyway my other half (her indoors) said to me dont worry dad wont even talk to our answer phone, So the inter/nets got no chance.
(If he rings us and the ans/phone comes on he say's "Im not talking to some stupid box ring me back".
The PC lap top he bought sits in the draw as he said to me "the daft words used like mouse" they think i dont know what a bloody mouse is (wrong mouse dad this one wont eat cheese)
And when my wife tried to show him how to use the lap top his very words to her we're "dont they teach kids how to spell anymore and whats all these L.O.L etc etc,
But the biggest modern day gadget laugh was when i talked him into buying his first and only new car,He'd always had old cars and as we said "dad we're all ok, we've all gone our own ways and it's up to us to make our own mistakes and pay our own way, he's not wealthy but as most old people have done he owns his own furniture, home and lives to his needs,
It's only a little car but its got all the stuff in it "ie key fob locking device, sat nav,
And the "The dreaded car security alarm system,/electric windows
Well the first day he'd got the car everything was shown to him and he being a man just nodded and said he'd sort it all out,
He went to Tesco's more for a drive than anything,
And when he came back to the car he had trouble using the key fob to get into the car and so once in the car the fourways started blinking the alarm horns started blasting out but he being a man decided to drive the 4 miles home and get the hand book and read it,(it hadn't been opened yet)
As he drove along the main road bus's would flash him to warn him his 4 ways we're on ,
People turned round and looked as if to say what the hells going on with that old mans car "horns blasting".
As he pulled up out side his house "a cul-de-sac" curtains fluttering as nieghbours glared out to see if the circus was in town,
But as he got out of the car three little kids stood there to greet him and one asked
"Are you the ice cream man"
And so as i think you'll understand i was in a way pleased "Dad" gave up on the lap top, I'd hate it if anything happend to him after he'd gave me a loving wife 38 years ago,
All because of people's ways of today We still to this day ask him if he has any odd balls calling him/sending him letters etc,
And still to this day he tells us to mind your own !!!!
I can look after myself,
My only form of attact to him is "have you managed to wind down your car windows yet,
The smile he gives me in return for that remak was worth buying the all modern car for. "elecrtic window'w and all)