My kids are currently all over the planet. (I have four!) I know people complain that technology has taken the place of face-to-face conversations, but I have to give a hardy shout-out to tech from my humble abode in Silicon Valley.
Facebook has a page for parents and spouses of Sailors and Marines deployed on my son’s boat. This morning, I saw my son’s friend in one of the pictures. My son is NEVER in pictures and so when I saw his friend, I asked him, “Where were you?”
“About eight feet from the guy taking the picture.”
Typical. But I could ask him that question. And he could write me back and he’s in the Middle East somewhere and so, technology is a beautiful thing.
Then, this morning I was in CVS and I get a FaceTime call from my daughter (in another state going to school) and she shows me this jacket she wants to buy. “Do you like it?” Translated: Do you like it enough where I can put it on your credit card?
I did not. So we negotiated something else, but to see her beautiful face and have her tell me she loved me over technology, well, that’s a beautiful thing.
My oldest was home sick with strep yesterday, so I went to the doctors “with” him via text and my youngest boy SnapChats me every day from his college so I can see his handsome face and what he’s up to.
While technology will never take the place of seeing my kids, I am so thrilled that I am still an active part of their lives while they live their dreams! My mom just told me I couldn’t move more than 50 miles away. Maybe tech was invented by someone who had an Italian mother…