As a working at home mom I have moments with my children that would not exhibit proper adult behavior; moments where I want to scream loud, very loud. There have been a few times where I’ve wanted to strangle my kid because he or she did something bad, really bad… like accidentally dumping a big glass of water on my laptop and having itself turn off.
Oh yes, this last one was bad…very bad. While some people use their laptops to browse the internet, email, chat, and fiddle with social media; I use my MacBook to run our household finances, operate a company, blog, manage two websites, and all the other things listed above. I’m also in the middle of filing for a patent; and all my product and company information are in it. I am very attached to my MacBook. So much so, that if my house caught fire the one “thing” I would take with me is my laptop (emphasis on thing, not people).
When my son accidentally dumped a big glass of water on my laptop two days ago… I had to leave the house immediately before I did or said something I’d regret later. I grabbed my keys and told my husband that I had to leave to go get Chinese food. I cried, well, maybe I sobbed. How could I have been so stupid to not have backed up my information in 3 weeks!!!???! Honestly, I was more mad at myself for neglecting the back-up and blaming it on the busy holidays than at my 3-year-old for having an accident.
Upon returning from picking up Chinese food, when I had no more snot to blow or tears to cry out… I was hoping for a miracle. I prayed on the way home that at least I could figure out a way to back up the information. I asked God for forgiveness ahead of time just in case I let my temper get the best of me upon my return (thankfully not necessary). Most importantly, I thanked God that although a new MacBook would be about $1,000 or more… at least I wasn’t spending it on a terrifying ER visit on a different type of accident.
While I was gone, my cousin Miguel was able to take the laptop apart to dry it out with a hair dryer, turn it on long enough to do a time machine back up. That night it was stored and sealed with rice to absorb any moisture, and thankfully, it now works…sort of.
In the end, the AppleCare warranty is now void because of the water damage and the laptop will eventually short out. There are worse things that can happen in life… and I’m glad the recipient of the accident was my laptop and not my child.