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July 10th, 2017

“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.”

“Try”, she said. So I pushed first one button and then another. Finally the loud ringing stopped abruptly.

What a relief. The ringing had been unbearable. I was caring for my granddaughters for several days and someone had set all the alarms to go off so they would be certain to get to school on time. The other alarms had been easy to stop, but this one? This was on a radio with more buttons to push than the elevator in a sky scrapper.

While I pondered over which to push? Six-year- old Viviane entered the room. “Try,” she insisted, so I tried. – And it worked. The ringing stopped.

This was a great reminder and lesson. Just try.

I pride myself in trying the new and unknown. Adventure is exciting. In those situations I do not hesitate. I find it fun to try. However, I am a technological immigrant and am concerned that things will go wrong if I hit the wrong button. This was a good lesson.

Now I will reconsider how I view technology, and “try” in order to learn.

Bonnie Fatio

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