Our television remote had disintegrated into the dust, not from over-use, just by being ancient according to today's technology standards. The t.v. at our house is the one Ben and I bought on a newlywed budget when we married. We had recently aquired a universal remote and it took a little time to get it working.
My daughter continued, "It is because it had to learn to control itself first! And then it could work."
Pretty perceptive for a five year-old, learning to work her own 'internal' remote control.
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Actually it would be nice if all of us older than five could learn that little secret, too. Our lives would be much better.