Sixty years ago, my grandmother left her entire family in Vermont to go to nursing school in New York and would later end up falling in love in Florida. She married and had 4 children (3 boys & 1 girl) all under 5 years old while working nights, full-time. Meanwhile, her parents were back home in Bristol, Vermont running the family mill. She was lucky to see her family once-a-year in the summer when they drove up in a station wagon for the long road trip; interstates didn’t exist then. She’s a strong woman and I admire her strength every day, especially when I’m feeling overwhelmed and homesick.
I am also raising my child away from my family, but am fortunate enough to do it in the 21st century. Long distance, what’s that? Jackson knows how to turn on my iPhone and doesn’t think twice about being able to call his Grandma on it and “FaceTime.” He even Skyped my stepdad from the hospital at one day old!
Today made me realize how lucky we are for technology. This morning, my Grandma Skyped us from vacation on Colorado then my Mom Skyped us from Florida. During dinner, Jackson Skyped some of his buddies from South Carolina, Vermont and New Hampshire. I’m so grateful that my family can see Jackson grow up, even if it is on the computer. I can’t imagine doing this sixty years ago, like my Grandma did.
Over the weekend, my parents had a neighborhood party and they Skyped Jackson in. He is such a ham and loves showing off for anyone on Skype, enjoy the video!