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Empty Nest and Technology

Joined: 2/5/2011
Posts: 50
I used to laugh at that saying, "Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most." Well, now that I'm older, I'm not laughing nearly as much. Especially when my lack of good sense causes me to do stupid things. Or to not do smart things.

One event that I look forward to each and every week are our Wednesday night suppers. Once the local college begins the school year, our youngest daughter and a few of her friends come over to our house every Wednesday for a home cooked meal. This is our second year hosting these Wednesday night suppers and they really help make the nest seem less empty. At least for one night every week.

This is the first year that only one of our daughters is in attendance on Wednesdays. Daughter 3, Birdie, graduated in May of this year and then went right out and got herself accepted into a grad program in TEXAS. TWENTY HOURS away from home. Twenty. Two-Zero. And, while I am completely proud of her, I am not completely thrilled that the program is in TEXAS. Not because I have anything against Texas. But it's TWENTY HOURS AWAY. I have not seen this child of ours since July.

Being a grad student means she has no money and being the head Athletic Trainer for a high school in TEXAS, she also lacks time. This translates to the fact that I have not seen this child since July. Which further translates to the fact that I now believe grad school to be overrated.

Anyway, we have missed Daughter 3 this year. But then, quite suddenly, my good sense returned. It arrived last night on the wings of the thought- "We should Skype with Birdie during Wednesday night suppers!"

Why I hadn't thought of this before is beyond me other than the fact that I am getting older and my mind works on less cylinders these days. Nevertheless, the thought did occur and we did indeed Skype with Birdie last night. We put the computer on her spot at the table and she ate, chatted and laughed with us. It was grand!

Technology has certainly changed our lives. And, when it isn't being misused, technology can be a very good thing. It gives us outlets that were closed to us in the past and keeps us in touch with family and friends- old and new. It provides us with breaking news in an instant and connects us with the world. It puts information at our fingertips and even entertains us with videos, stories, movies, television programs, etc.

It can even give an empty nest mom a live, real-time view of her daughter's face. And that makes this mom quite happy.
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