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Topic: Cyber Communication (email, IM’s, etc) (11/04/10)
TITLE: Wireless Happens
By Neva Bodin
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She lifted her now clay-fringed skirts and stamped her high-topped button shoes on the steps to minimize the muddy prints she would leave behind on the wood floor of the post office. She sighed. How long before she could expect an answer from her brother in Boston? Coming to San Francisco to answer an ad for a mail order bride had led to nothing but heartache. The “genteel man” in the ad had no ambition, no job, and an insatiable thirst for whiskey. There was nothing “genteel” about his snores when he was passed out. Why, they hadn’t even gotten around to saying the marriage vows. “Thank you, Lord,” she whispered. Now she just needed money to find her way back home. She was glad she’d found a position in a boarding house to provide for her needs until then. She hoped the mail wouldn’t take more than a month to deliver her relief.
“Take this down!” the buckskin clad man shouted in his exuberance. “Son born 1 a.m.! Stop. Ten fingers and toes. Stop. Named Matthew Silas. Stop. “ The telegraph operator wrote it down, grateful the message was short since it was given to him with the speed of light. He got the address of the receiving site and tapped it out. “They got it!” he assured the new father. “They’ll deliver it today. Congratulations!” But the deliverer of the message was already slamming the door of the telegraph office, obviously eager to return to his wife and new progeny.
“You know,” the well-dressed dowager with the swinging cheek jowls said, “she always acted like she was the prima dona of our sorority, and look at her now. I say breeding always shows. I knew her family when they first came to town, dirt poor and looking like white trash. Having affairs would be just their style!” The speaker nodded her head in an affirmative manner to her companion. Just this morning she had learned that Miss High and Mighty had been caught in the indiscretion and had already told 10 people in the past hour. She was a very efficient spreader of the truth if she must say so herself.
Her Bible assured her God would answer her prayer. She didn’t know when, but she prayed with faith that some kind of answer would come. Sometimes the answers came in a roundabout way, and when she finally recognized the answer it was a pleasant surprise. Sometimes she had to go through some discomfort to find the answer. Like wading through several sites online to find exactly what she needed. But oh, how comforting to know that communicating with God was wireless. And the connection was instant.
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