okay, so the real issue is this. The computer was my husbands. He got it as a gift from a few family members. He spent months researching the best one to buy and ended up with this. Needless to say, he took great care of it and it was in perfect condition when we got married. Well shortly after the kids came along and due to my not taking care, the computer got torn apart slowly but surely. Now my husband has not said a thing till now, but i know it bothers him and well i don't blame him. The screen breaking renders the computer pretty much useless and since both the kids and the computer were in my care while this happened, it is my responsibility. Now i would love to run out this very minute and buy my husband the best computer on the market, there is no possible way to do that with his hard earned money.
Does that make more sense?
I just don't get how you can use a laptop with most of the keys missing.
Now you have told us this computer was your husband's, it makes it so much worse. If you are slapdash about your own property and allow your children access to it to break it, that's your problem, but a gift to him, lovingly given, lovingly researched and cared for, that you allowed your kids to smash, is far more serious a misdemeanour. When I had small kids my computers were totally off limits to them. MH wasn't into computers then, and only uses them because he has to now; it's his seforim that are his precious things and his study was absolutely out of bounds to small children who delighted in ripping up any books at ground level.
If I had destroyed something (or allowed something to be destroyed) that was important to my husband, I would have been so ashamed and he would have been so angry with me.
I was never in a position that I had absolutely no money of my own; I always wrote, or worked part time, or had some small income, and I would have put every penny of that towards a new laptop for him. I presume you aren't in such a position that you could contribute?