Sentinel-Echo.com

Opinion

November 6, 2012

Points East: Excitement with Em

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — I was at a yard sale on the last warm Saturday we had in October when a little girl, who was maybe 8 or 9 years old, walked up beside to stare, intently, as I played around with the device I was seriously considering.   

 I had rolled a sheet of paper into the old, manual, Royal typewriter and I was in the process of hitting every key one at a time, but I was having trouble with capital letters because my left arm still has issues about doing what I want it to do. So I turned to the kid and asked her if she’d mind helping me out for minute.  

 She was more than ready to help me out.  If you’ve ever seen a child totally fascinated by what’s going on and how and why something works, then you can draw a mental picture of the enthusiasm this one had for jumping right in.

 “See this key right here?  I need you to hold it down for me because it won’t lock like it’s supposed to and I can’t use both hands,” I told her.  She was so obsessed with the typewriter that she didn’t even ask what was wrong with my arm.

 I started running through all the keys to produce the letters and symbols that the shift key produces and got to the end of a line.  Then I showed her how to grab the carriage arm and swing it back and then how to roll the paper up a couple of spaces.  She was literally bouncing up and down and after every maneuver she was saying, “Wow!” or, “Awesome!,” “Cool!,” or some such variation of excitement.

 By this time we’d drawn an audience including her mom, the elderly couple running the sale and several customers.  We had introduced ourselves (“My name is Emily but you can call me Em”).   I had explained that the “thing” was called a typewriter and that before computers came along it was all we old folks had to write with and that, “Nope, you can’t send email with it,” a question and answer which drew loud guffaws from our audience.  

 Em asked if she could take it for a spin and I was not at all surprised to find out the key locations were very familiar territory to her nor that she wanted to know why they were so hard to press and why they had to go down so far.  I was only mildly surprised when we jerked the hood off the machine and Em began discovering, understanding and even explaining how it worked, mechanically.   

 “Very smart kid you have here,” I told her mom, Veronica, who proudly beamed and agreed that, “Emily catches on to stuff pretty fast.”  Mom had previously figured out that I was that “guy who writes for The Richmond Register” and, for whatever reason, that seemed to give the praise I had for her daughter a bit more credibility.

 Em then tugged on my bad arm to get my attention.  “So are you gonna buy it?” she wanted to know, and I could tell by the look on her face that she was hoping I’d lost interest.  So I told her that I’d give her first shot at it.   

 “Ohhhhh Mommy, please, please, please.” The jumping up and down started all over again.

 I could tell, by the look on Veronica’s face that my credibility with her had suddenly vanished.

 “What on earth would you do with it?  You have a perfectly good laptop and a printer at home.  You would never even use this old thing.”

 “I would take it to school and show it off and have the most awesome Show and Tell in the history of 4th grade!” Emily exclaimed.  “And then I bet my friend, Ike, would buy it back.”  She looked up at me hopefully, and I nodded ‘yes,’ and we both looked at Mom.

 “How much?” she sighed at the grinning sellers who were shaking their heads with twinkling eyes.

“Oh, just take it on!  The entertainment has been worth more than I was going to ask for it,” the old gentleman laughed.

That was two weeks ago and I still haven’t heard from Emily and Veronica, but I have a feeling that I will.  My only problem is that I don’t have an explanation and argument for Loretta anywhere near as valid as the one that Em had for her mom.

ikeadams@aol.com

1
Text Only
Opinion
  • mitch.jpg On The Rebound: An almost completely true fish tale

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • denis.jpg Direct Kick: Did Lana cross the line with her remark?

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • mitch.jpg On The Rebound: All Star Game less important than Wiffle Ball

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • denis.jpg Direct Kick: A very eventful week in sports

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • The shining kingdom

    The drop in gas prices locally is a welcome sight for most residents in the area with gas falling under $3.60 per gallon.

    July 16, 2014

  • Letter to the editor: Thanks, Sentinel-Echo

    In the July 4 edition of the Sentinel-Echo, (last page, section 1), the entire page was given to quotes of references to God, the Declaration of Independence, and our constitution by our founding fathers, former presidents, Supreme Court judges, etc. 

    July 14, 2014

  • Zamperini's story was inspiring

    I had never heard the names of Louis Zamperini and Russel Allen Phillips until my pastor gave me a book, “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption,” by author Laura Hillenbrand, who wrote, “Seabiscuit: An American Legend” a few years ago.

    July 11, 2014

  • The tales of Dr. Robert E. Pennington

    When Dr. H. V. Pennington began to practice medicine in Laurel County times were hard and medical methods were primitive, compared to today. 

    July 11, 2014

  • Where did that red truck go?

     We were sitting out on the front porch last Saturday afternoon when a  big, red, late- model pick up whizzed by on Charlie Brown.  It looked like there was a man driving and a woman riding shotgun  

    July 7, 2014

  • A change for Pace

    Let me tell you a little about my friend Candice Pace. We were sitting in the fountain square the other day and she was telling me about how she had driven to Pikeville, where she’s from, to visit with her mom. Along the way, deep in McCreary County, she passed three turtles that were crossing the road.Let me tell you a little about my friend Candice Pace. We were sitting in the fountain square the other day and she was telling me about how she had driven to Pikeville, where she’s from, to visit with her mom. Along the way, deep in McCreary County, she passed three turtles that were crossing the road.

    July 7, 2014

Facebook
AP Video
Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Poll

Now that school is out, what are your family’s summer vacation plans?

A. No major plans. We will probably hang out around Laurel County.
B. Going to the beach!
C. Kentucky has a lot of wonderful state parks, and we plan to visit a few and enjoy quality family time.
     View Results