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By Joanne Barron
Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, 8:58 p.m.

This Christmas, I took a step up the technological staircase … well, not really.

I did receive some “techie” gifts, but my daughter was the one who set them all up. I just sort of watched, tried to look interested, read the newspaper and waited for her to finish.

One of the gifts was my new e-reader. My husband happily bought this for me, thinking I could just open it up and use it, but it wasn't that easy. My daughter rolled her eyes, “Mom, you know you have to have Wi-Fi to use that, right?”

I said, “Oh yeah, sure, I knew that. How do we get Wi-Fi?”

She rolled her eyes again and explained.

“So, the signal goes out into the air, and the Nook picks it up?”

“Um, sort of,” she said with a condescending smile.

Once we bought the little box we needed, she hooked it up, and at first it didn't work. After she made several phone calls, connected and reconnected, finally I had my e-reader. After she did it, my daughter quizzed me on everything I'd learned that day. My brain knew it then, but I think the information got lost somewhere in there, because I can't remember it now.

The second “techie” thing I got was a flash drive, something my daughter said I should have used to back up my files so that when my computer crashed I wouldn't have lost five years worth of things.

But, this flash drive had another gift on it — my wedding photos from July 4, 2010. My nephew had taken 128 photos, but we had never seen them until Christmas this year. After showing them to us, he handed me the flash drive and said, “Here you go.”

I took it, not sure what exactly to do with it. Fortunately, my daughter, seeing the worry in my eyes, chimed in right away and said, “I'll show you how to use it.”

In the past, my daughter also set up my cable, computer, Facebook page and much more.

I began thinking after this Christmas how I taught my daughter to read and write, to walk and talk, to dress herself, to feed herself… the list goes on and on.

Now, I guess it's her turn to guide me.

Joanne Barron is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-324-1406 or

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