The elder of the two, SJ, cautioned me, "Don't trust it. That's how they take over. They win your trust through house hold chores, and then, when you least expect it, SkyNet!!"
The younger granddaughter, MJ, was overheard talking with her mother and rolling her eyes, "I can't believe what's gotten into to Gram. First a bladeless fan -- and now Monica rolling through the house."
I met their surprised comments with a deaf ear. I had been looking for a Monica for several months -- read magazine articles, internet descriptions and comments, checked comparisons and prices -- I knew Monica was right for me. Then the opportunity came with an early birthday gift card. Monica could be mine. Got on Amazon.com immediately and placed an order. Three days later Monica arrived, with extra pet filters, magnetic barrier tape, and her own docking station. I could hardly wait to get her batteries charged and send her off to work.
A new world opened for me that day. With her batteries charged, the green light blinking, the schedule set for Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 8:30 a.m., I pushed her start button. Monica, my new robotic vacuum cleaner set off on her maiden voyage through my house adrift with the silty, September clay dust and whirling black hair from my German Shepard Colldubh -- Sky Net or not.
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© Joan G. Hill, Roots'n'Leaves Publications