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26 Dec

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Originally uploaded by CleverGirlBek

Boy’s big wish from Santa this year was for an “xo laptop”…

We decided to tighten our belts more, suck in our guts, and instead of a mountain of less expensive goods that get lost in the shuffle, get him one through the “Give One Get One” Program.

The benefits are many.
1. We bought one, the one that we gave will go to another child somewhere else in the world as an educational tool…

I love this idea, but our home economy doesn’t really allow for this degree of charity… After all, almost all of our money, goes to directly support individuals with type 1/juvenile diabetes, arthritis, autism/asperger’s, and depression and a slew of other issues.  When looking at the cost, the “2-fer” part makes it look positively cheap… When looking at the reality that we just get one for $xxx it is still a wise investment as it will help boy with skills in all areas. Sure we could do that on our regular computer, but that would wind up in lost time and money (on hold with customer service, having computer serviced, possible emergency intervention by Geek Squad) and the cost quickly (trust me on this one) takes care of itself…

2. Our mac may now be safe from the mad clicker/deleter…. He has no interest in our boring mac’s.  He has a swanky, rugged looking, very useful machine that we are not yet regulating…(the xo will have to go on the same “time bank” as other activities, but we are giving him another day to explore…)

3. This is an adventure for all of us- we are mac and ex-windows XP people…So we have quite a bit to learn…The “xo” let boy jump right in and explore… So far he has drawn pictures, made digital music, written some bits for a story he is working on, played “secretary” with me (he dictates, I type…), and made the speech emulator say “Who farted?” followed by a laugh that he had to spell out…He also took a bunch of photos of himself. The amazing thing is that we didn’t show him any of it. We showed him how to open the case and shut the system down, but that is it. He is learning this new-to-us OS the way I learned mac… Marie Montessori is smiling down on us…

4. I tried to explain the “give one, get one” thing to him and the intentions of OLPC, and his interpretation seems to be that there is a kid, elsewhere in the world, that he is connected to because they have, in a way, twin computers. I think his perspective is somewhat like my own at his age- do you remember those “for the less of a price of a cup of coffee” from back in the days when a cup of coffee was less than $0.40 commercials? Well, I wanted siblings when I was a kid and I was adopted. In my brain this equated to being able to buy a sibling for $0.40/day. I remember rolling coins for my mom on occasion and thinking, “Wow. This is like a month of a sibling.”…I digress…

Speaking of the concept of “other” and a world without boundaries, I know it’s probably not possible (or way far outside of my noggin to even think about without sweeping some other important stuff off the table) but it would be amazing with the give one get one if participants on either end could opt into a penpal sort of a program (via the xo, of course)…

Anyway, here is boy waving and saying “hello” to whatever friend may be out there….

(and check out that sweet swiveling screen! I have already been informed “Your Macbook screen just sits there”… :-)

Anyway, there is more to chat about regarding our Christmas morning, gifts, mayhem, etc…But I am going on day 2 of being in bed (boy is sitting on my bed in the photo…he grabbed his laptop and sat right next to me with our CushTops/lapdesk-y things and we went to “work”….

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