I’m enchanted by the inner workings of seemingly simple gadgets. In junior high, I had a super cool see-through phone that allowed me to see every wire and computer chip inside it. Oh, and it lit up when it rang! Come to think of it, I want my phone back.

Anyway…it’s one of the reasons I love the crystal rainbow maker that hangs in our kitchen window. It’s solar-powered, so when the sun is shining brightly, the tiny wheels inside begin to turn, then somehow twist the wire from which the crystal hangs. And as the crystal turns, it catches the sunlight and casts dazzling rainbows all over our walls. I just love it!

So often, we give no thought to all the gizmos and gadgets that churn inside favorite everyday items.  Just think of the computer on which you’re reading this blog post (and thanks for doing so, by the way). The part I love most is the motherboard because keeps everything connected and moving smoothly, just like us real-life motherboards!

She has lots of stuff to watch over: the CPU, memory, hard drives, optical drives, video card, sound card, and other ports and expansion cards all connect to the motherboard directly or via cables. I don’t know what any of that means, but it sounds very important and quite exhausting. While you tinker around on your favorite blogs, your motherboard is working like crazy to make sure your cyberspace travel goes smoothly. Thanks, mom!