Technology is magical in the way it keeps us connected. Here are the tools I use to nurture the relationships in my life.
Of course we all enjoy hearing the voices of our loved ones but we can’t always find time in our day to sit down for a good long chat. For those times when we just want to send a quick ‘I’m thinking of you” message, texting is perfect.
Last week I was watching Jeopardy (because I am a nerd) and one of the answers was ‘Atomic Fireballs’. I immediately texted Ellie to let her know. When we were in high school we were addicted to those things – you know, the cinnamon flavored jaw-breakers that burn your mouth and turn your teeth red?
Hearing the words ‘Atomic Fireballs’ on TV brought back memories of times spent with a dear friend and, in 30 seconds, I could dash off a quick message to let her know I was thinking of her.
My mom LOVES texting. She used to have a flip phone so her messages were short and she had to get pretty creative with her abbreviations. Then we got mom a new phone with a full keyboard. Now she is a texting fiend!
Mom will often send “nighty-night” texts that always feel like a warm hug, all the way from Florida, popping right out of my iPhone.
I’ve had my personal Facebook account for about five years. It’s not perfect but it does provide a pretty amazing vehicle for keeping up with your friends. Very recently I reconnected with a gal who was my roommate during my sophomore year in college. We had lost track of each other because of a series of moves and life’s interruptions.
Our section of the dorm was located over an arch in the building and so we dubbed ourselves “The Archway Cookies”. At the football tailgate party last month, another roommate brought a bunch of packages of Archway cookies for a photo op.
She posted this picture on her timeline, the long lost roommate commented, I sent her a friend request and – boom! Reconnected.
Peter joined Facebook because he got tired of me saying, “Did you see the new pictures Lily posted of the babies?” and “Did you read Walt’s funny post about poopy diapers?”
A man can only put up with so much FOMO before he decides to jump on the train!
Words With Friends
How cool is it that I can play games with friends and family who live far, far away? We may not talk or text every day but when I open the Words With Friends app and see the games awaiting my move, it almost makes me feel like I am hanging out with my friends playing a game of Bananagrams in person.
I typically check the games once in the morning and once at night. Two chances per day to connect with my word peeps!
Plus, the game exercises our brains which all of us appreciate and need. But you do not want to play against my friend, Peggy. She knows every single two-letter word and is not afraid to use them.
While Walt and Lily post some pictures of the twin grand-boys on Facebook, they try to avoid over-sharing on social media.
There is no such thing as over-sharing in the eyes of grandparents, however.
That’s where the shared Photo Stream comes in handy. Lily set one up via her iPhone and sent invitations to each member of the family. Anyone of us can add pictures but let’s be honest; mostly we all just want to see the babies.
Just this morning I got a ‘ding’ on my cell phone alerting me to the fact that Lily had posted 34 new photos of the little munchkins.
Many people use Instagram for this same purpose but we prefer the Apple Photo Stream. We all have iPhones or iPads and it is just so darn easy. Thank you Steve Jobs.
Our Notre Dame group of friends has set up a shared Photo Stream so we can all have access to pictures from our get-togethers. It saves us from having to take photos on 12 different cameras.
One of the completely unexpected benefits of writing this blog has been the way it has helped me stay connected with people in my real life.
I write about times we have shared, trips we’ve taken, and memories we have made.
Writing these posts lets me remind my loved ones just how important they are to me.
I’ve also heard from many of them that reading the blog makes them feel connected to me even though miles separate us. That warms my heart more than I say.
My blog is all about celebrating life’s gifts including the relationships with friends and family. I’m so happy it seems to be doing just that.
How do you stay connected with your loved ones? Has technology made it easier?Thanks for stopping by,
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