Finding Creative Ways to Keep Family Connected Despite Distance
Family has always been important to me. Ever since I can remember, my immediate and extended family have come together throughout the year over holidays and special occasions. When the time in between had started to be too great, we would create special occasions to get together like annual barbecues. Despite having over 130 and counting family members extending multiple generations all the way up to great, great, grandparents, we are all exceptionally close. Living in different counties and states does not damper the sense of homecoming we share when we’re all together.
Growing up with this sense of kinship made me feel it was all the more important for my daughter to stay connected to my in-laws despite living over a hundred miles apart. We stay connected through phone calls, text, pictures, social media and even video. Their grand daughter is growing by the minute and I don’t want them to miss a moment of it. While nothing beats real face to face hugs and kisses, being able to blow kisses and hugs over Skype makes the time apart easier on everyone. I remember when my daughter first started pronouncing words with a hard “K.” As their first grandchild, every thing she does is huge to Nano and Papa, even someting as simple as the word “book.” So we called them up. Unfortunately, a phone call could not capture the way her little brow furrowed with concetration as she said it. Or the way her face lit up with a toothy grin as they cheered. But with Skype that moment would not have been lost.
Technology can be a beautiful thing. Skype has a way of closing the distance of hundreds of miles. Now, we can share the magic moments that make up our day to day in more than just one dimension. We can share life with family the way its meant to be shared, as if they were in the room with us. But our story is not unique. People all over the world are using Skype to keep in touch with the people and things that are important to them.