Kicking & Screaming

     Kicking and screaming.  Yes… that’s how I came into this whole computer thing!  (Which is ridiculous for someone who has a minor in Computer Science.)  I’ve always loved to write, and even though I can type really fast, forever I had this romantic notion that I preferred to write with a pen on paper… letting the words flow peacefully with my thoughts.     

     The first time Gary and I moved away from home, we found ourselves on an island with no telephone for a year, and no easy way to communicate.  I would handwrite these letters to send to everyone, and then we’d have to make carbon copies of them and run them through an old purple-ink mimeograph machine.  (Remember that smell???)  I still have my set of those monthly letters.

     Home computers came along with those one-font printers, and I eventually caved into typing my letters… this time from another island… simply because I could get more words on a page, so that made better sense for my mass-mailings and faxes.  I missed the flow of the pen, but had to admit typing was surely the way to go.

     Along comes e-mail.  My brother-in-law, Mr. Loves-a-New-Gadget, told me that e-mail was ‘made for me’. Those were his very words.   I fought back… no… I would NOT succumb to the pressures around me.  I would not give in.  I explained to him that I LOVED the act of addressing my envelopes, placing stamps on them, and dropping the stack into that big blue box.  I had been doing it for years… getting my monthly letters out to friends and family, and I just couldn’t bear the thought of letting that slip out of my grasp.  He would tell me again, “E-mail was MADE for you!”, and still I would argue that it just wasn’t personal enough for me.  Even today, I sit here shaking my head in wonder that I could be so stubborn.

   E-mail became my thing!  Loved it, loved it, loved it.  Love it still.   And along came Facebook.  Okay… this is where I draw the line.  I am a mature woman in my 40s, I have a business to attend to, I have a huge yard to keep in shape… places to go, people to see… I can’t be playing with Facebook!   Alright, alright… I was foolish… I admit it!  I LOVE Facebook.   (Good grief, I may get brave enough to send out invitations to my next gathering from Punch Bowl!)

   “You should have a blog”.  Well, for Pete’s sake!  I couldn’t even stand the word ‘blog’, and I sure didn’t need one!  I could just e-mail and Facebook.   And now look at me… a couple of weeks into it, and I simply can’t stop myself.   Instead of merely thinking “I should write something about that”, I have a fun place to do it, and I’m having a ball.   You’re so kind to come here and read it!   Thanks again!!!

5 Responses to “Kicking & Screaming”

  1. Kim Mann says:

    We all love to read your blog. You have such a wonderful talent for expressing things. So glad you decided to enter the 21st century, and we can all enjoy it!!

  2. Cheryl Black says:

    I agree with Kim. But I’m like you…I wish another name besides “blog” had stuck with this part of the computer world.

    I used to write a lot of letters, too, although not nearly as many as it sounds like you did. Then I started slacking off because many people rarely answered back. It was disheartening. My mother remained a letter writer, pages and pages of scribble that usually only I could read in our household. In fact Rudy made a game of reading her sentences and putting in the words that her writing LOOKED like. It was usually good for a laugh or two. How I would love to get a letter from her today! We tried to get her to get a computer, stating the fact that many grandmothers we knew were into email and it would be so much easier to keep a check on her. But she never succumbed. I, on the other hand, LOVE the ease of email and Facebook. I keep up with so many more people than I used to. Some people think we are all just being too nosey and are wasting time. While I will admit one can definitely waste time on the computer, I feel that with a little discipline it allows us to know one another better, to bear one another’s burdens and to know how we may pray for each other. And how fun to have our memories sparked by someone’s comment. I’m thankful that Mark won you over!

  3. Sue Moore says:

    How do I send my understanding-you-all-the-way snickers? (I am not talking candy bars here, either!)
    Big smiles…Sue

  4. Nico says:

    I giggle at your light-hearted blogs. Keep ’em coming!

  5. Robin Green says:

    You have a way with words, and it’s fun to see things through your eyes, Sandy.

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