This past weekend I went out to do the fall leaves in the front yard. I didn’t want to work on it after four because I had someplace else to be. Usually I would bring my phone out to tell me the time, but now I have this new thing, a “watch,” specifically they call it an Apple Watch, if you “watch” it you can see what time it is.
When the sun got dangerously low I was elbow deep in leaves, so I leaned down and poked Mickey Mouse’s belly with my nose. “It’s three twenty-two,” he squeaked. Then he gave a giggle, but this time it sounded like a slightly more desperate giggle than usual.
About fifteen minutes later I looked at the watch and the face was blank.
I poked it. I spun the windy thing. Nothing.
“Oh man,” I thought, “I broke the watch. I used the blower and there was dust and I killed it.”
Dead. Last words: “It’s three twenty-two.” (Giggle.)
But with some throb of motherly instinct I brought it back inside and attached it to the charger, even though I knew it was fully charged. I went out to finish the leaves and put the tools away, and then when I went back in, hallelujah, it was born again. It showed the nighttime clock for some reason, but after I cradled it a moment, Mickey was back. Miracle!
I was then late, so I blew out of there without changing my dirty clothes or getting my purse. My joy over the resurrection of Mickey was short-lived, because while I was driving the screen went black again. Then the Apple logo. It was re-booting.
“Oh no, it has a short, because of all the dirt. I don’t deserve to have nice things.”
A few miles down the road Mickey returned, without any weather data. Finally I realized what was wrong. I had driven to Florissant, but the weather was pointing to my home half an hour away. Then I saw the red slashed rectangle icon and realized the watch was pining for the iPhone. I took it away from Mother iPhone to do the leaves, sat it on a charger where it could see the iPhone, then I left the iPhone behind and drive the watch further and further away from its home base.
Really, Apple, just a little sheet of paper with some instructions. That would be helpful.