By: Paulina Hoong
SPRINGFIELD, OH — Last Friday night, Agatha Ruen called her son, panicked about her computer keyboard. Ruen was trying to comment on her grandson’s relationship on Facebook, but she could not truly express her compliments about the exoticism of his new girlfriend without using all capital letters. Crying on the phone, she explained to her son that she wanted to show how proud she was of her grandson without overwhelming him.
Barry, Ruen’s son, commented on the process it took for Agatha to find the caps lock button on her computer.
“First, I told her that it was on the right of the keyboard but then she kept thinking that I was talking about the shift key. Then, I told her it was next to the ‘A’ button. It took her a while to find the letter ‘A,’ but eventually, she found it,” Barry Ruen said.
When corresponding with Agatha on her experiences over email, she expressed concerns over the rise in technology.
“BACK IN MY DAY, WE DIDN’T HAVE CAPS LOCK ON OUR TYPEWRITER. WE HAD TO PRESS THE SHIFT KEY WITH ONE FINGER AND THEN USE OUR OTHER FINGERS TO WRITE CAPITAL LETTERS. KIDS THESE DAYS DON’T KNOW THE MEANING OF HARD WORK,” Ruen said.
At press time, Ruen had been unable to locate the caps lock key, despite repeated advice from the author.