I’m relatively new to Skype, but it took no time at all for me to fall madly in love with it. I would prefer to have all my children and grandchildren living close by, but that’s not very realistic, especially in a larger family like ours.
My husband and I live in the Pacific Northwest. We have a daughter in San Diego who does not yet have Skype, but we manage to have some long and very wonderful conversations by phone.
Then there’s the daughter that’s a couple of hours drive away. She and her husband have gifted us with three lovely granddaughters. Since we can’t see them frequently, we now Skype. The baby (22 months old) now points at their computer and says “Gramma!” when she wants to talk to me. And she giggles and laughs her way through the conversation. I do get a little dizzy, though, as the kids all like to hold the camera (it’s not built in). Still, it’s wonderful to SEE and TALK to them so often.
As well, we have another daughter who is several hours away by car. Our youngest granddaughter, 20 months old, is just starting to understand the whole video call thing. She’s a very active baby so she bounces in and out of the conversation.
I don’t need to Skype with our two children who live locally. We share dinners on a regular basis and enjoy the time together. As well, as a family, we go away to a cabin each winter and cozy up for three nights of fun and renewal.
We are blessed by five children who make a point of keeping in touch. I hope it’s the same for you and your family. Do you have to Skype or call or email? Or does your family (or extended family) live close enough to actually visit face to face?
posted by Laurie Ryan