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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Social Media (12/01/11)

By Verna Mull


The day that a telephone entered my life was a day of excitement and also a day of dismay. By the time I was 13 years old, many of our neighbors had installed a thing called a “telephone.” Now I know that they existed before that time, but were fairly scarce, at least among the farming community.

The day ours was installed, I told all of my friends that we were getting one, and promised to call my best friends when I arrived at home. This was exciting until I actually got out my numbers, (better stated as “rings.”) and began to ring my friends. I couldn’t think of a thing to say. I couldn’t see them smile, laugh, or frown, and it was nothing like our visiting at school. Well, I have difficulty talking on a telephone yet. I can put off a telephone call for a long time, and I am not a habitual procrastinator.

There was something very special about communication up to that point. When dinner was ready (this was at noon on the farm) my mother would go to the door and holler to the top of her lungs, “Allen, DI –NN-ER, Yahoo, dinner.” Then, she would holler, Vernabelle, Gaylord, dinner, and we would all let out a little shout and head for the house.

Sitting around the table at noon, with nothing to run competition with, (such as radio or T.V.) we all discussed what our morning had consisted of. We had a lot of laughs about small misfortunes so far in the day. Dad was always in the house for at least an hour because both he and the horses needed a little time of rest.

Horses didn’t have lights and there were chores to be done. By the time it was dark, we had our supper and an evening of visiting or playing games as a family. Or, sometimes we would gather around the piano and sing. All of these things created a bond that we never lost. When our parents passed away there wasn’t any problem with dividing things, unless it was that each of us wanted the other to take some of the special things that down in our hearts we would have liked to have kept, but were thrilled that it was special to them too.

Today, with cell phones, texting, Skype, Face book, Twitter, Faxes, emails, and probably a lot of ways of communication that I don’t know about, it makes me wonder how families even stay together. Of course, many of them don’t.

When is there time to sit down and read God’s Word together, or pray together, play games together, without the interruption of a text message or phone call?

Yes, I am an old fashioned girl. I thank my Lord and Savior that I was privileged to experience true communication that has always been dear to my heart, and the deep love of family and friends. After all, there is only one true goal in life. That goal is to love the Lord with all of our heart, soul, and mind, and to love our neighbor as ourselves. Can we do this with one ear to the telephone; both hands on the computer, the door bell ringing, and “whoops” another text message? (This is Just a thought to ponder.)

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C D Swanson 12/15/11
Beautiful title - perfect for this heart rendering story. I enjoyed it and the powerful message it conveyed. Nice job.
God Bless~
Hiram Claudio12/15/11
A very solid and sobering message. Very well written. Nicely done.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 12/16/11
I enjoyed this. I like your message. I also smiled at the jaunt down memory lane. I grew up as a country girl too and enjoyed reading of your experiences.
Lawrence Hebb12/21/11
A really good, well written article that puts things into perspective and reminds us that the most important communication that goes on is the one we do without the 'gadgets'

Maybe picking up on the fact that skype allows you to see the other person might be a way of looking at how the new communication devices seek to mimic the 'old ways' (Just an idea)

To me, I could almost close my eyes and imagine what farm life was like, that's good writing.
Verna Cole Mitchell 12/25/11
As you showed very well, the social interaction of today comes up lacking, compared to social interaction years ago of family life.