I’m Dreaming of a Skype Christmas

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I’m Listening

When I was growing up, my dad’s family lived in a small town where relatives lived within a couple of square miles of each other.  Mother lived next door to daughter, separated by an alleyway.  Aunt lived next to nephew and down the street from her sister.  The family whose house was just beyond the tiny bridge that defined the city limit was considered “out of town.”

Those days are gone.  Or, should I say, they never existed in a real way for the family beyond that small, geographically limited cluster.  Now, family members are dispersed across the U.S., North Africa and Europe and tiny factions of our extended clan will be dining together.  But we will take a few moments to reach out and Skype someone this holiday.  The image may be less than optimal and the connection and quality may waver.  The computer may even crash, as it does on occasion.  But thank goodness for Skype, Google Hangout or whatever the means to see and hear our loved ones far away.


8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jane Fritz
    Dec 16, 2012 @ 11:47:58

    Hear, hear. Nice post. And I love your illustrations! Merry Christmas!!


  2. Our Adventure in Croatia
    Dec 16, 2012 @ 16:40:42

    skype is the best to keep in touch with friends and family. We use it a lot!!!


  3. qiquan
    Dec 16, 2012 @ 17:42:56

    it took some effort for my sister to use Skype for me to talk to my pa before he passed away, when I was living in Amsterdam. It does not matter the living in Singapore or in Europe, the online connection has become overwhelming that most of the time we can’t really focus on a close relationship between friends, and there are hundreds of them if not thousand in our Facebook. Skype and Facebook are good only when we finally have found our focus for whom we love, deeply.



    • qiquan
      Dec 16, 2012 @ 17:44:26

      and wish you a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year.


    • puravida
      Dec 16, 2012 @ 18:21:21

      Skype has become a great tool for me to connect with family far away – to see their smiles and hear their voices. But Facebook is not the same as face to face. Online connections allow people to share thoughts but it’s important to also connect with those around us and to focus on the constant practice of building relationships.


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