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The Letter X
Monday, Feb. 24, 2003, 2:49 a.m.

Question: What X?

What Did I Learn: Better an X than an S.

Do you every think about the x key on your computer keyboard? I do. Why, you might ask? You might jump to some hasty and highly inappropriate conclusions. Youíd be wrong.

I am thinking about my x key quite a bit lately because I donít have one anymore. I have a little blank spot on my laptop where it used to be. How did I lose my x key you might ask. Answer Ė I have kids. Enough said. The x is sitting on my coffee table in the living room so I guess itís not really lost. However, no amount of fiddling with it will make the x fit back in the empty space and stay there. There was a brief incident with the s key but that is another story.

Being a parent with a work laptop is a dangerous business. At some point the kids want to use it and at some point you are going to be in a magnanimous mood and let them use it. Next thing you know you are looking for your x. Itís not anything that happens on purpose but that doesnít make it less annoying or inconvenient Ė there you are without an x after all, and after just getting that pesky s back in place on the keyboard. Of course, an x is much less traumatic than an s. I lost the solid and serviceable s over a long period of time while my son was able to dislodge the slightly xany and daring x within a few minutes of laying hands on my dear laptop.

Only a mother could get herself into a situation like this and only a mother would be willing to continue typing away without a proper x to type upon.

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