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Topic: COMPUTER (05/19/16)
TITLE: The Opinionated Mule who Bought a Computer and Ended up with a Wife
By Rachel Rudd
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With arms full of books I marched out of the room filled with nerds glued to screens intent on wasting one's time. If I got a computer, I'd be just like them...sitting all day glued to that screen and sucked into nothingness. There was no way I was letting that happen.
The other students stared at me as I hauled my study materials out the door. They seemed to eye my hardback books with suspicion and someone even smirked with fingers still tapping away. I adjusted my glasses and straightened my collar. I didn't care. They had no idea what they were missing. I would never buy one of those life draining machines!
As I loaded the car with my pile, Anna from psychology class waved as she continued to stroll down the road. I couldn't help but stare. She was so graceful. I bet she knows how intriguing books are.
When we chatted last week, she seemed to really understand my passion for them. I wish she'd share more of her thoughts with me. She was probably just being friendly talking to me after class. If I asked her out, I'd probably get the same lukewarm response I've heard more times than I want to remember. "Let's just be friends" was a phrase I wish I could forget. I lifted my eyes and prayed an all too familiar plea. One day, God, can you please send someone who will share more than just the names of the books they've read?
When I got home, the smell of old leather and paper greeted me with reminders of history I studied, adventures I experienced, and travels yet to be explored. How could one replace the nostalgia of these good friends?I would never get one of those impersonal black boxes.
The next day the phone rang as I rambled through a book about British islands. My professor's scratchy voice asked why I had not turned in the homework assignments for the past six weeks. I told him that I had turned in everything that he talked about in class. "What about the online assignments?" he asked.
"Do you mean that I have to have a computer in order to do my homework?"
His answer annoyed me, "Well, you have to at least have access to one."
I couldn't believe it! I was not going to give up my freedom. I sucked in a breath of patience before answering, "Is there any way around it?"
"Not really. It's either get them done or fail the course."
I slammed the phone on its cradle twisting its cord in the process. Then I tramped over to pick up the pile of books that I had placed beside my reading chair. What was this world coming to that you couldn't even decide over your own source of learning? I will never get a computer! But somehow my own thoughts mocked me. I had to complete this course in order to get my degree. I sighed and picked up the comfort of the development of archaelogy in Europe.
Three days later I stood in line at the electronics store. The bulky package in my hand felt like the weight of a new life constraining me to change. I didn't understand a world where everyone had to be connected and online. When did people forget that the brain is the best data processor and that books are the best item to have on top of your lap? I will never give up on my books!
If I could have seen into the future at that time, I think I would have hoisted that box like a banner. But that outlook I couldn't find in any book so I had to trust the One who was beyond computation!
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