Julie is the voice on my computer who reads everything to me and tells me what I’m typing. Because she sounds almost human, it occurred to me when I purchased this software that she might have a personality. This inspired the following poem from How to Build a Better Mousetrap: Recollections and Reflections of a Family Caregiver. Click on the link below the poem to hear Julie read it. You’ll also hear a man, Paul, my alternate voice who reads page numbers, font attributes, and other announcements.
I wonder what you think, as you read me my e-mail,
the Web pages I browse, other documents.
Is there something you’d rather not read to me,
something I don’t want read that interests you?
When you repeat what I type,
how do the words strike you?
When I shut down, are you relieved or disappointed?
When I boot up, do you sigh with resignation
or jump at the chance of helping me again?
Now, I’ll ask you to read this back to me.
Knowing it’s about you, will you blush?