My son has been at camp for nearly two weeks and MAN, do I miss that guy. It is like this weird void and every once in a while it hits me: My baby is gone! But, I get over it and I know that it is a wonderful experience for him and probably a good exercise for me. But while he’s gone I do what I can to stay connected.
At his camp we are able to send email to the campers. They can’t email back but they can send letters by mail. Last year I wrote letters every few days and sent the occasional email but this year my son said he wanted only email. According to him the information in the letters he received was “too old” by the time it got to him where the email messages are usually delivered on the same day. Yes, folks, he is a product of his time. So I write to him every other day by email. And he sends me the occasional letter by snail mail.
I also keep in touch with my too-far-away sisters in the UK and Calgary through technology. We use Skype to see our kids grow, email, use facebook and text. I find that I become more and more dependent on the flexibility of technology as it becomes available. For example, I am currently sitting in the porch at Erin’s cottage located 3+ hours from the city and what seems to me like an eternity to any civilization. Later we will move down to the dock and continue to work as we watch the kids swim and soak in the sun. With my iPhone and laptop I remain connected. I can do most of the things I would do in my office but instead I’m able to enjoy time up here. Without technology I would never be able to do this.
Plus, thanks to our recent Microsoft event I learned that all of my Microsoft needs can be met online too at Windows Live. I can use share and store files and photos. Also, all of the Microsoft Office web apps for Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote allow you to create, view, and edit documents on SkyDrive and they are available free.
So many ways to stay connected! Even from here: