Moss, is humor writer from Tennessee. She writes a
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She has written for the Daily News of Kingsport, Griffin Journal,
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Advocate, and Smyrna AM, a supplement of the Murfreesboro Daily News
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If Only Life had an Undo Button
undo button on Microsoft Word is a wonderful thing. Backspace
will fix a little error, like forgetting that the caps lock is
locked or typing fdsjkl;ty when you got on the wrong row of
keys. But for really big errors, you need the "undo"
Sooner or later, nearly everyone who uses a computer tries to do
something that doesn't work. You are clicking along and doing
the best you can when something goes terribly awry. You try to
fix it only to find that your page has turned into a crossword
puzzle. You don't have the foggiest idea how to fix this because
you don't even know what you did to cause it.
Then you remember that most wonderful of keys on the computer
tool bar, the undo button. You hit the magic button and
everything returns to normal, just like it was before.
Isn't it a shame that life has no undo button? I could really
have used an undo function in my life this week. It seemed to be
a week of evens that caused life to become chaotic and small
things happened that were giant annoyances.
In a restaurant a waiter walked by trying to carry three dishes
of hot food. Suddenly, without warning, one of the dishes hit
the floor and smashed at my feet with broken glass going in all
directions. I felt sorry for the guy, but what could I do? If
life had an undo button, one click and all the pieces of broken
glass would fly back to the tray and reassemble themselves.
Instead, the glass and food had to be cleaned up.
Earlier this week, honey and I had a flat tire. We were on the
Interstate in the middle of rush hour traffic. An undo button
would really have been handy here. One click of the undo button
and the hole in the tire would magically heal and we could go on
our merry way. Instead, the emergency highway incident truck
took care of us and later we bought a new tire.
I could also have used an undo button when I missed my exit on
the Interstate and had to go miles out of my way to get where I
was going. One zap of an undo button and I could have a second
chance to try to do it right. Of course, the exit was off I-40
instead of I-24, which had a lot to do with me missing it.
Hopefully, the undo button could cipher that.
An undo button would be a great thing to have around the house.
Smudges and dust that accumulate in a week could be zapped away
and I wouldn't have to spend the entire weekend cleaning.
Wouldn't it be great to hit an undo button, see dirt fly out the
door in a whirlwind, the dishes hop from the sink back into the
cabinet, and the beds make up themselves?
I have commented before about how office elevators have no undo
button. It seems that would be a much easier problem for
technology than an undo button for life. Press a button on the
elevator and you are going to that floor whether you made a
mistake or not. Life is sort of the same way.
But even undo buttons have their limits. If you make too many
mistakes, undo only will undo a limited number of the most
recent ones. If life gets really out of kilter before you
notice, you might be out of luck even if life did have an undo
Whoops! I need to go now. I've spilled my coffee. I tried the
undo button on this word processing program, but only it only
deleted a comma. Unfortunately, the undo button for life has not
yet been invented and I will have to clean up this mess the hard
Copyright 2012 Sheila Moss
Nashville, TN 37219
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