We bought our first computer 16 years ago and have never looked back. I will admit, however, it has been a struggle at times to keep up.
I was ready to step into the techno age but I waited until my best friend, Sue Lange, stepped in first. I remember saying to her, "You go ahead and then you can teach me." If you read my earlier post about my house - the part where Sue taught me how to hang paper - you can imagine what the Intro to Computer was like. We made it, though.
The catalyst was the fact that our son was going to study in England and we knew using the telephone was going to be costly so we thought this new thing called email would be perfect. And it was.
Next came glass bead making for me and the internet opened up a whole new world and introduced me to a ton of wonderful bead makers. Most of them I've never met face to face but they have become such good friends - willing to share ideas and techniques.
Then came Skype. Do you know it? Do you have it? I'll tell ya - it's the best thing since Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. It has really taken the edge off missing our son who seems to insist on living in foreign lands.
Also, when we travel, I stay in touch with other family members.
One of the coolest things that I've ever done with Skype was taking it with me to visit a friend who was in a physical rehab joint. She'd suffered a terrible brain injury and wasn't talking a whole lot but when I brought my mom up (they'd known each other for many years) on the screen my friend's eyes lit up and she said, "Nan" with a big smile on her face. My mom, who was equally excited, (I kept this call a secret) did her usual exuberant waving, laughing thing and by then I was crying. It was a moment I'll never forget.
I think all facilities of that nature, particularly skilled nursing facilities, should have Skype available to residents. Just think of the great grandmother who will never get to see the newest baby in the family face to face but could see and hear her via Skype.
I love this modern age.