My Kindle vs. My Conscience – Pt. 2 [Bewitched, Bothered & Bewildered]
If you haven’t already, read part one HERE.
I look down at the Kindle, now laid bare, resting on my lap, admiring this innocent-looking, cream-colored creation. Space for how many books? Goodness. It’s so small and delicate. So filled with possibility….
I caress its fragile, silky screen. Yes, I decide. I will keep the Kindle.
My Kindle and I go everywhere together. I play with its adorable little features – automatic dictionary, annotation, and it’s always surprising me… highlighting! Font size adjusting! “I didn’t know you could do that!” I coo, and pat those sweet, teeny little buttons. I snuggle it into its protective case and bundle it close to me when I’m out and about.
I never let my Kindle out of my sight; I am both excited and relieved because, with it in my arms, I will never be alone again! Never again will I be left inside a doctor’s waiting room paging listlessly through flu-ridden copies of Highlights for Children, or forced, out of sheer boredom, to restlessly review handfuls of free in-office brochures like “Your Bowels and You” or “Take Control of your Excessive Sweating.”
What was I so against, anyway? I can hardly recall…this phenomenal little guy lets me read practically anything, anywhere. And it’s so versatile! Bored with Bronte? I can switch over to a David Sedaris. Sick of Sedaris? Click on over to Christie. The choice is mine.
But, that’s not all. If none of those options fit my fancy, I can go buy more Kindle books with just the touch of a button in the virtual Kindle bookstore – open 24 hours a day! Not sure I really want to buy a particular book? As per Amazon policy, I can download the first chapter of nearly any book for free! I’ve been thinking about getting that novel my friend was raving about…but, actually…that other one sounds interesting…hmm…I’ll just sample this first. Then this one. And…this other one.
Do you know something? Not everyone should own a Kindle.
Some folks can handle their Kindle. They toss back 2, maybe 3 books a week; they manage to toggle between 17 different books and finish them all before Labor Day.
For me, it’s a struggle to choose which flavor Popsicle I want – and that’s when there are only 3 kinds in a box. Asking me to choose which book of the 472 titles I want to read at any given time on my Kindle? Or, if I fancy a new purchase, which of the 7.5 million possible choices would I like to instantly buy and download?
Clearly, a Kindle intervention was called for.
That intervention came to me by none other than God. Actually, by an inner dialogue inspired by Neale Donald Walsch’s “Conversations with God. “ I heard Him speak:
Sarah, you cannot keep this Kindle.
But, why? Why? It’s cool! I wanna keep it!
But, my child, you have read 459 chapters this week alone.
So, that’s good! I’m reading!
No, Sarah…you have read 459 first chapters of 459 different books. Amazon’s marketing strategy of allowing you to “Download the First Chapter for Free!” is truly the work of Satan.
But, I’m just being a smart consumer – and a spendthrift! I don’t want to commit to buying this book if I think I may like that book better. This way I can just sample all of them- -
Bah! You’ll never reach nirvana this way. You’ll never even reach chapter 2!
He had a point. That night, I meditated on my Kindle Conversation with God, and I fell asleep reading Lord of The Rings.
In the morning, I knew what I must do: Frodo had to get rid of the ring. I had to get rid of the Kindle.
To Be Continued — I have a part 3!