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I Wouldn't Have You

Story ID:9690
Written by:Michael Timothy Smith (bio, link, contact, other stories)
Story type:Story
Location:Caldwell Idaho USA
Year:2014
Person:My Friends
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I wrote this story for the readers of my newsletter.


` I Wouldn't Have You

I walked into the lunchroom. A newspaper sat on an empty table. I picked
it up and wondered if I remember how to use it. I leafed through the sections: front page
section, sports, a special car section, the want ads, jobs, etc.

It had been a long time since I handled a newspaper. I read the news online
now.

I put the paper down and went to heat my lunch.

As I put my lunch in the microwave oven. I noticed my fingers were black from the ink on
the paper.

There was a time, I'd come home from work and read the newspaper. It was a
ritual: everyone read the newspaper. There was no internet, cable television or satellite
television. We relied on the daily, finger-blackening pages of the paper to bring the
news to us. Not only were my hands blackened, but my pants were too.

At work, during lunch and breaks, people ate their lunch and read the newspaper.

For the past twenty years, wherever I've worked, people haven't taken breaks to
read their newspapers. They heat their food in a microwave or pull sandwiches from a
bag. They dine while they work. When they have free time, they read the news on the
internet.

The internet has changed a lot of things. It's changed our lives in both good
and bad ways. Newspapers are going away. The post office struggled. Not many
people send letters these days.
They email.

Printed books are going away. We have E-readers and tablets to replace them.

Without online shopping, the post office would be gone. We pay our bills online
and book our trips there too.
The internet can be used to share jokes, laughs and, sadly, porn and to commit
cyber crime.

There's one thing the internet has given me that I am internally grateful for:
YOU! Without the internet, I would never have met YOU! My readers are my friends.
YOU are my friend.

Without the internet, I wouldn't have YOU.

Michael T. Smith