This is a big story for me and, yes, it does "bowl over" friends that I tell this to. Let's begin:
I was a 3 or 4 yr. old in 1970's Canada. I had gone to bed one night and I had a really big dream. I dreamed of a mega-huge grey room full of office cubicles.To me, was that huge room ever so huge with an equally high ceiling, almost as high as the room was large. Oye Vey! Now, remember, this was the 1970's! Now, In EACH cubicle was a small "tv", I thought it was. In front of the little glowy "boxes" or "tv"s was a device that you manipulated to make items in the glowy-boxes move around.
The next morning, I had developed a pretty rough case of a longing for something. I couldn't quite put my finger on it, but, somehow, instinctively, I supposed that it was the future. Ever since I was 4 yrs. old, I had struggled with a secret longing that I could not shake. I never spoke of this longing to anyone for the longest time. This longing seemed to do with those what I called "glowy boxes" that had that manipulation device. Please remember that this happened in the 1970's and continued on to the early 1980's.
At a later date, toward the '90s, I learned that the "glowy boxes" with the manipulator devices were actually COMPUTERS! I then knew that I was FINALLY on my way home! Home, then ,at the time felt so close, but still so far. I honestly did NOT have a name for the computers in the '70,s and 80,s except "glowy boxes with odd devices". Now, in the mid-to-late 1980,s I KNEW what the name for Glowy Boxes was!
Later, in 1996, I had gotten me a Hewlett Packard Computer Pavilion desktop. I then KNEW that I had come home! I was so happy that I nearly cried. Soon as the 1990's morphed into the New Millenium, I knew that I have arrived home. I am still very happy and overjoyed by this. I am now home.