Mum’s got a computer now…..

9 July 1991

Dear S

I am writing or rather typing, or rather word processing this to you on our NEW computer which we got today.  I have just realised that it does not seem to justify the lines really well like WordStar.  I am getting WordStar loaded onto it, but will have to get someone from school/work to help me with that.  This little program was already on the hard disk.  It has a hard disk (I already said that didn’t I), 2 floppy disks, a printer and a keyboard for $800.  It is not new, one of the teachers at school has a brother who deals in second-hand computers, so it wasn’t a bad deal.

We did have to change your room around a bit. We put your bed back on the other side with the sewing machine and have put a new computer desk where your bed was and put the pine chair and coffee table from the family room in with the computer.  It looks quite good.  Got the screen back from Greens to divide the two off.  Think I will put some fabric on the back of the screen so you can’t see through it.

Well, I don’t think J has got around to posting his letter to you, I keep harping, but I don’t seem to get anywhere.

I hope to put the family history on the computer, there is a program you can buy for IBM compatibles, so I thought I should sort it all out and get it onto disk.

I don’t know how this will go in the printing, but one can live in hope I guess.

A couple of questions I forgot in the last letter – a mother has to know these things – how old is Jack?  Did you resign?  I got a copy of the Focus from Gia and a copy of the Royal Horseguards Blurb.  The article on you in the Focus was great.  Did she send you a copy? I will send a photocopy just in case she didn’t.  It is nearly worth framing.  You sound like some sort of Superwoman, on second thoughts perhaps I shouldn’t send it to you, you might get a very swollen head and have trouble getting though doors.

I had better find out how to save this manuscript before I go much further, or it will all have been in vain.

Mara Green got a new car the other day, a Brown 1986 Corolla – very nice, but I hate to see kids put a noose around their neck with these loans.  Her job seems to be very secure and so that is a good thing.

Well I might stop here and try to print this off and then I can add to it later if I want to.

Lots of love

Mum

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