Sunday, 7 Dec 2008
The HP Magic Giveaway is in full swing and I’ve been enjoying the process. Haven’t won anything, yet, but I also like imagining how excited others are when they win. As much as I’d love to win, I may even be more jealous of the bloggers who get to give this cool stuff away.
Most of the contests are encouraging winners to share the prize with others. Not surprising, since it comes with FOUR PCs among other things.
I didn’t have to think long at all about who I’d share this gift with. Over Thanksgiving, my cousin (a police office) was eying my mom’s laptop. He oohed and aahed over it, which I found endearing since her laptop isn’t anything amazing. It’s nice, but it’s not the newest, fanciest, fastest machine available. I mean, it’s just a laptop. But, the reality is, if you don’t have one (more importantly, if you can’t afford one) pretty much any laptop is fantastic. As it turns out, this cousin, along with his wife and their preschool son, are living with my aunt. My aunt is a single mom and has made quite a few sacrifices to make sure her kids have as many opportunities as possible. She’s a nurse and she works really hard for her family. I don’t know what kind of society we live in where nurses, police officers and teachers are so financially undervalued, but it’s something we really need to look at. In any case, her kids had finally both moved out, when – bam! – he’s back with his family. I know that she loves having them there, but it means not a lot of space or time just for her.
If I won the Magic Giveaway, I would give one of the laptops to my aunt, for use by her and her whole family if she chooses. I can’t imagine anyone who deserves it more and I can’t imagine anyone I’d enjoy surprising more. The computer they have now is old and ancient and in desperate need of an upgrade. I’d probably upgrade my computer as well as my husband’s, since make a living on them. We’d give away our old machines to family members who need upgrades as well, but who have fewer demands. I’d also like to host some sort of giveaway, either here on my blog, or in conjunction with one of my favorite non-profits, for some of the other items.
If you have someone you’d like to gift with a laptop, printer, or other HP goodies, you can find the list of participating blogs on the HP Magic website.