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Harriet's World

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About three years ago I wrote an article for my column regarding my children and a print cartridge. In case you don't remember I will briefly fill you in. Told my son all I wanted for a Christmas present was a print cartridge for my printer. Finances were a little tight at the time and I thought I had convinced him to get it for me as he had called up and gotten all the information to buy the right one. I couldn't wait for Christmas to come because I really needed that cartridge.

Instead of a print cartridge that year for Christmas I received a microwave oven. I didn't know I needed a microwave. I got one just the same.I was a bit disappointed. I never did get my print cartridge. I ended up buying my own. Just a little update. I would throw my body against the door if anyone tried to take my oven.

Now it is three years later and my son asks me what I would like for Mother's Day. Believe it or not I ask him for a print cartridge. You would think I had learned my lesson by now but I have kind of a hard head. Besides things like that couldn't or wouldn't happen again. Wrong.

I just knew I was going to get my print cartridge because I had explained it to Mark. I needed another one . It just happened that it was a coincidence that I needed this item around this time. Besides he called again later on and ask me what kind I needed and I gave him all the information. In our family sometimes we hold on to our presents until we see the person so we can see their face when they open the present. So I wasn't surprised when my present didn't come in the mail for Mother's Day. I knew the kids were coming a week later so I was content to wait. Well, the day finally arrives when everyone comes to visit Grandma. Wanna know what I received for Mother's Day? A brand new printer complete with a print cartridge. How cool does that get. I didn't know I needed a new printer but apparently my children thought I did and thought enough of me to buy me one. How blessed can one person be. Secretly just between you and me. I thought, "Oh Crumb, now I am going to have to learn how to run this thing and all I really want to do is print out a few recipes on my good old faithful printer. The one I already know how to use.

While they were here my son proceeded to set up my new printer etc., and found that not only did I need to get a card with this particular printer but the printer was not adaptable to my computer. Oh well, don't worry about it son. Just take it back and buy me a print cartridge. That is really all I need. Thanks so much for thinking of me it is the thought that counts.

Mark was so upset about the whole situation that he arranged on line to have a print cartridge sent to my mail box. I should get my print cartridge within the week.

Sooooo the children go home. Guess what! My print cartridge didn't come. I waited much longer than necessary then revealed the dilemma to my son. Answer: "Oh my goodness, mom. I'll get right on it."

It is now the middle of July. I never received my cartridge, a new printer, or a Mother's Day present. What have I learned from this experience? Bet you can guess. Anyone asks me what do I want for a gift? I will not tell them I want a print cartridge. Guess I am just destined to buy my own. Oh Well. It's the thought that counts. By the way, I'll bet there are a whole lot of you readers out there that have had a similar experience. Ask around. If you haven't had one I'll bet you know someone who has. Oh yes, and by the way, anyone know where I can buy a print cartridge for my printer? Just kidding.

Well, that is my world. Until next time remember those infamous words of Spike Mulligan, "Money can't buy you happiness, but it does bring you a more pleasant form of misery."

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