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Topic: Blog (10/20/11)
TITLE: Wielding Words
By Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom
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Jay nodded his head, "Makes me wonder why God created them. Do they really serve any purpose? In my opinion, the world would be better off without them. Eww, they give me the willies!"
A sudden gust of wind made Robyn shiver. "Well, I wouldn't go that far. God knows what He is doing. I was reading an interesting blog the other day. It was all about the way that creepy critters are used to fight diseases."
Jay tilted his head as he swatted at a buzzing mosquito. "It's amazing how diverse that contraption is. I wonder if the inventor of today's modern marvel had any clue how many different ways the computer would be utilized. Some use it for good while others have malevolent intentions."
"Oooohhh such big words. Me thinks you've been doing some surfing." Robyn's belly heaved with laughter.
Tipping his head into his chest, Jay's blood rushed to his face. "Okay, you caught me. I like to read; what can I say? Some of those web pages fascinate me. I stumbled over a journal entry of a teen girl. After reading about her horrific day, I needed a distraction so I looked up some new vocabulary words."
Robyn swiveled her head back and forth. "Tell me more. What was so tragic about that diary entry?"
Jay sniffled as mucous filled his head. "Sorry, it chokes me up every time I think of such needless suffering."
Robyn's eyes pierced Jay's. "There's nothing wrong with being empathetic."
Taking a deep breath, Jay cleared his throat. "Well, she wrote about her father calling her vile names. Apparently she had forgotten to do her chores and he was furious. He accused her of being a lazy, worthless, fat slob. She hurt so much that she took a knife and sliced her arms and legs up. People say things like words can't hurt but as we know words can be quite brutal."
"That's for sure. Once they're out you can't take them back. You think parents would monitor their offspring's activities better. I saw a local blog, Rumors Rule. It was started by high school students and they made up stories about different kids. So-and-so caught chlamydia from what's-her-name and this person slept with that person. It's positively disgraceful. I just don't understand how people can be so cruel." Robyn hopped from foot to foot. The pictures in her head fueled her anger.
Jay clucked in agreement, "Why can't they understand? Just because you delete something, it doesn't go away. It's out in cyberspace forever. Certain people don't realize that when they click submit, the words are circulated in the vastness for eternity."
Pointing to the window, Robyn sighed, "Look, the girl has been typing this entire time. She just hit enter. Quick fly east."
Jay spread his wings and flew straight into the stream of words emanating from the cable.
Robyn screeched, "No, the other east!"
Her warning came too late. Jay tumbled beak over feet, smacking hard into a oak tree. He preened his feathers trying to regain some composure, "Drat those humans! I told you that they and their nasty words are nothing but a nuisance. I think that last stream broke a feather. Words don't hurt! Tah! What a load of…"
Flapping her wings, Robyn tweeted a warning. Jay grumbled, dusted himself off and flew to the refuge of the woods. At least for now, he was safe from the onslaught of words.
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