The Sounds of Silence


Wow. That’ll teach me to pontificate on learning about “the little things.” Ha. The day I wrote that was the day our email went down in the tribe (software glitch in satellite modem, we think.) So I could never send that previous blog until today when I send this one.

We never had email here in the tribe before. For years we used forms of communication one step up from cuniform writing on clay tablets (you know, hand-written letters.) Then, with the advent of email, we could send a diskette out to town with a new outbox full of messages on it, and with our other mail, the pilot would fly in a diskette with a new inbox with incoming email. Whoo hooo. Two weeks until the next time you get email (and then two weeks before you could send out an answer!) And that’s not to mention the very common tropical diskette issues of mold (yes, diskettes can MOLD), and when our personnel in town would call on the radio to say, “My computer says it can’t read the diskette you sent out.)

But this time back, we had a satellite modem, and boy, did we get spoiled fast! Daily communication! Quick replies (well, quick replies from some people, haha.) I could sit here in the tribe and coordinate a language learning conference scheduled in Thailand next year. I could email orders to our buyer in Puerto Princesa. So on. We could post updates, and blog entries and prayer requests, such as what you’re reading here.

But our email’s been down for weeks and this was yet another “little thing” I had to learn to greet with the proper attitude, sigh.

Well, I’m in town now… some business to take care of before a quick return to the village. I hope to get the email fixed while I’m out.

Shouldn’t be too much trouble… just a little thing…


About billdavisthoughts

From San Diego, CA. I've been a missionary and Bible translator in the Philippines for over 30 years and have travelled as a language learning consultant to 15 countries. I play piano and guitar. I write, read voraciously and love to work on word puzzles. Married for 35 years, we have two daughters and two grandchildren.
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