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  • Edición impresa de Abril 7, 2015

I am a Skype grandma. I belong to a generation that uses technology to keep up with family.

Relating to children especially toddlers requires great love, patience and knowing that your granddaughter may stop communicating at any time. It is a child’s prerogative to have her own rhythm and be able to interrupt anything that does not have her interest.

I have been able to watch her play and discover things, but the most important thing is that we have been able to establish a relationship.

Love has given us a bridge that goes beyond words. She recognizes me and has a specific way of communicating with me that is different from how she communicates with grandpa. I live far away from my granddaughters and technology it’s giving me the opportunity to be close to them. It has also taken my children’s effort and willingness to open up this channel very often and let it last for long visiting.

When my granddaughter was small I could only watch her and wait for the time when I could truly communicate with her. As time passed I was able to see her identify things, smile, applaud and laugh! Later I have seen her play with dolls, feeding and embracing them. She also tries to share her real and imaginary food with my husband and me.

Children now are aware of computers and smart phones and that encourages me seeing that technology is a wonderful resource for loving and keeping a relationship.

In the old days, there were only pictures sent through letters that took long to reach their destination. By the time you were physically present to see the child, she wouldn’t know who you were. The relationship had not grown out of everyday experiences, but from stories told by parents about distant grandparents that occasionally were seen.

This is not to say that the daily visits through the computer will be enough to make a solid relationship. I still cannot hold her and laugh with her while I feel her warmth and proximity. I am a still missing out on especial daily events that I would experience if I lived with them, like it happened in earlier times with most families.

I am thankful today for what I have. I am part of a world that can get and use computers, tablets, and phones to keep in touch. There are parts of the world where that is not possible. So, I am grateful for what I have. I am also thankful for my family that uses these technologies to keep us close and caring for each other.

I wish many people throughout the world could have the opportunity to use technology not only to inquire, research, study, make money, etc., but also to be able to grow and love by building relationships.

Happy Easter to all! Resurrection also means to find the best where you are.

 


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