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Catriona Keith

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To write one hundred hopeful words every day for one hundred days


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My stammer hides from Stephanie, and she is like family to me. Better than family. She is so patient with me, teaching me to use a mobile phone.

The thing I love most about my new smartphone is the ability to send text messages. It’s so much easier than talking. I would type every word I ever needed to say and send it via text message if I could. The most wonderful thing is sometimes Ryan and I will sit on the sofa, or at opposite sides of the bar, and carry out a conversation using our phones, and for the first time, I can express myself clearly and without fear or shame.

 

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I love using technology to hide behind, I will use the automated checkouts rather than make small talk, and I cheer inwardly if the phonecall I have to make to the bank or the insurance company is automated. Also I worked with someone who was cripplingly shy, and I remember the only time I saw him get animated, was in praise of text messages.