Sometimes miracles take work

Three weeks ago last Saturday was supposed to be a “red-letter day” for me.
Like a child waiting for Christmas Day, I had waited impatiently for Saturday morning to come. That was the day my new Kindle was supposed to arrive.
When the mail came, I tore off the wrapping and was ready to use it immediately!
The advertising said ready to use right “out of the box.” But what happened next made me think of my little four-year-old daughter years ago when her new baby brother came home.
She looked at him and liked the idea of having a real doll. She went and got her doll carriage, and said, “I want to play with him.”
Sadly, she had the perfect doll but couldn’t play with it!
That Saturday I had the same experience. I had the perfect e-reader, it was “out of the box,” and I had no idea how to use it.
Needless to say, my “red-letter day” became a huge disappointment.
In case you’re not familiar with the Kindle, it is one of the new e-readers, like iPad, Nook, and Sony Reader.
E-readers allow you to download thousands of books, movies, magazines, and many other things at the touch of a key! On a small pad, smaller than a magazine.
One of my problems getting started with my new Kindle is that I bought an e-reader because my eyesight is compromised. I even bought the more expensive Kindle DX, which has larger fonts.
But in order to begin using the Kindle, I had to use tiny print to read the instructions!
Fortunately, I was able to read them with a magnifying glass. But the small print took the fun out of it.
So it was two weeks later when I finally decided to buy my first book. The first instruction was to type the name of the book, using the tiny five-inch keyboard.
The keys are one-quarter-inch wide and the letters on the keys are about two-point type.
Fortunately, my husband has good eyes. So he typed in “The Little Quaker Book of De-Clutter.” And in a minute or two, I was reading!
What an interesting book! And how easy it was to read! Suddenly, all the frustration of learning faded away.
I happened to choose this book quite by chance. Just wanting to buy a trial book for my new e-reader, I went to the “Kindle Store” at and punched in my favourite topic: “clutter.”
Among the other interesting titles, “The Little Quaker Book of De-Clutter” stood out. Somehow, I had never thought about clutter being related to faith.
Enough about the book. That’s another column. But I’ve been thinking: What if I would have given up? What if I would not have had someone to type in the book title on those tiny keys?
What if I would have had less self-confidence? Especially about computers and new-fangled electronics?
Imagine what a loss it would have been!
So let this be a lesson to you. Don’t give up too easily when faced with unfamiliar things.
And never say I’m “too old. . . .”
Always remember you are never too old to learn something new–if you try!
Marie Snider is an award-winning health care writer and syndicated columnist. Write her at or visit

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