She no longer has a land line. Alpha daughter, who is not particularly a techie, is all cell phone, all the time. I feel unmoored.
She doesn't have a TV. Not that she doesn't watch television programs. Her little family gets all its feeds from the computer. Movies too. Books on tape , music, photos--you name it: In her household, it's on the computer or the iPod. I feel lost. What if I want to see the 7:00 news on NBC when I visit? I couldn't figure how to manage it.
It's not easy keeping up with the new technologies, even when your children aren't latest-tech-tool crazy. [At least they're not text messaging--make that, OMG, no txting!]
That said, I try to keep up. It helps that paterfamilies and I are still working, so we're exposed to the jabber and chatter about Facebook and Wiki and even--have you heard of this one?--Twitter. I used to think my mother, who was born in 1912, lived through enormous changes--electricity, radio, telephones, television, computers. But those changes took place over the course of her lifetime. The changes today are by the minute, and if we don't keep up, we get left behind--not just by society but our own children.
I suggested to Uber son that we all get Skype. You know, of course, what that is. Telephone through the computer with a little digital eye that lets you see the persons you're calling. I could see the Grands while I talk to them. [But what if I could also see them say Noooooo when they're asked if they want to talk to me or Paterfamilias? ]
Am i crazy to be pioneering within my family for this form of communication? So far, I've only suggested it. Makes me feel with-it. Uber son even gave me a figurative pat on the back for knowing about Skype, no less suggesting it.