My husband has a personal assistant. Her name is Cortana and she resides in his phone. When Cortana first began her tenure as our assistant, my husband and the kids peppered her with questions.
"Cortana, where does the puffin live?" Son #1 asked.
"Some puffins live in Greenland." Cortana replied in her metallic voice.
"Cortana, what is the temperature today?" My husband said playfully.
"The temperature is 75 degrees." Cortana dutifully responded.
"Cotana, whe dwo da wewo diwa wagin? Son #2 babbled. (Translation: ?????)
"It does not compute." Cortana shrugged, confused by the request of our youngest son.
The kids were awestruck by Cortana. Every chance they got, they would ask their dad about Cortana. When my husband had time, he would pull out his phone so the kids could ask more questions.
A few days later, Son #2 struggled to fall asleep for the night. Every five seconds, he stumbled from his room begging to stay awake. I would pick him up and carry him back to bed. Then, I would sit by his side and hold his hand as he tried to relax. Sadly, Son #2 was too wiggly and restless. I finally gave up and let him wander around the living room while I rinsed dishes.
Eventually, my husband came home from playing racquetball. As he lugged his workout bag into the house, he caught sight of Son #2 rolling around on the floor. Then, he looked at me and asked. "What is he doing up?"
"The little monkey won't go to sleep." I replied irritably.
"Huh." My husband mumbled thoughtfully. Then, he dug into his pocket and produced his phone. I raised my eyebrows but remained silent. My husband knelt down beside Son #2. "You need to go to bed." He said sternly.
"No no no. I want to sleep on da couch." Son #2 argued.
"Then, go lay on the couch but you need to go to sleep." My husband responded.
Son #2 crawled onto the couch but lay there with eyes wide open. "Close your eyes." My husband commanded. However, Son #2 stubbornly forced his eyes to stay open.
My husband showed the phone to our youngest son and repeated his request. "Cortana says 'Close your eyes and go to sleep.'" Son #2's eyes widened with surprise. Then, he quickly shut his eyes, rolled over, and fell asleep.
"No way!" I whispered to my husband as I checked on our snoozing son. My husband chuckled impishly. He patted his phone and placed it on the night stand. Cortana is an excellent assistant.