My sister-in-law, Cristiana, snapped these photos of Paolino while she was in London and we were here, in the heartland of the USA. Isn’t Skype amazing?
Our family is pretty much spread out all over the globe. My parents live in Hawaii, which is exactly 12 time zones away from Giuseppe’s parents, who live in Naples, Italy. My baby brother still lives with my parents (he’s 14) and so does Giuseppe’s (he’s 17). My other brother lives in the glorious city of San Diego, and Giuseppe’s sister lives in the gorgeous city of London. Then, there are all of the extended relatives. (My parents both come from families with 9 children each; Giuseppe’s parents have 7 siblings total.) So you can imagine the chaos when trying to organize family reunions…or even telephone calls.
Oh the glory of videochat. We are absolutely addicted to it. Paolo even loves it. How many 6-month-olds do you know who recognize the ringing sound that Skype makes? Mine sure does. He starts to wave his arms and legs around when he hears it. Then the drooling and giggling starts when he hears one of his grandparents’ voices.
Having this kind of technology at our fingertips has been a true blessing. While our families are all spread out, we can still retain the close relationships similar to those families who live in close proximity to one another. Granted, it is different from actually being with that family member; but it is amazing to be able to virtually talk to them in person.
This all makes me think back to my experience, being the daughter of a naval officer and always living far from our relatives. It was hard to be away, but at the same time, it made me appreciate the time that I spent with my relatives on special occasions. When I compare this to the experience of my child, it is incredible. I know that he will value beyond measure the time that he will pass with his relatives, but being able to keep those relationships fresh via videochat is simply amazing. I know that our parents love being able to watch him grow, even when they live across the planet. Technology today is truly amazing. (Should I say ‘amazing’ one more time…? I really think Skype is AMAZING.)