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Take Time to Adjust

Story ID:9983
Written by:Michael Timothy Smith (bio, link, contact, other stories)
Story type:Musings, Essays and Such
Location:Caldwell ID USA
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It was a great day on the balcony. I sat and enjoyed a new book on my cell phone. The
story flowed. A cool breeze blew. Reading a book on my cell phone has changed my world.
I dont have to worry about carrying a heavy book. I can read anywhere.

Im a techie person. Ive worked in telecommunications most of my life. I love
computers and the information and fun they supply. The internet is an amazing world to explore.
Im hip.

I finished a page. To move to the next page, I licked my finger and swiped it across the
screen. A new page of the story scrolled into view. A split second later, I started to laugh at
myself. So much for being techie. I resorted to the old habit of licking my finger to change

Im not a techie after all. Im still challenged by new things.

I walked inside and told Ginny what I did. She laughed out loud at me.
So much for adjusting to new things. I laughed.

Its OK, Baby. Youll get used to it. Still laughing she turned her attention back
to what she was doing on her computer.

A few minutes later, I watched as she leaned forward, put her laptop on the coffee table,
stood and walked toward the kitchen. She got two feet. Her head jerked back; the buds of
earphones popped audibly from her ears; and she stopped with a look of surprise on her

I laughed uncontrollably. Id been vindicated. And you laughed at me? Silly woman!
Thank you for making me feel better. I said between guffaws.

I did that on purpose to make you feel better. She blushed.

You did not!

No I didnt, but Im glad you feel better. She paused, Thats a lie too.

I love you.

I love you too.

I love you more. Its my day.


Still laughing, she went to the kitchen.

Just when I thought I was in touch with new technology, I was bounced back to reality.

Take time to adjust to new circumstances before you brag about your knowledge. It
will save you embarrassment.

Michael T. Smith