After my faulty VIC-20 was returned, my parents bought me a Dragon 32. That worked but those analogue joysticks that didn't spring back to the centre made playing games a nightmare!
I had a dot matrix printer but no word processor and at the age of eleven I was 'typing' out my dad's invoices but writing programmes to do it:
10 lprint "Dear Sirs"
20 lprint " We thank you...."
Oh the fun days of computing!