What does one write about when activity is currently so limited? I hope you’ll forgive me for yesterday’s lazy, repeated post.
Many of you will identify when I say that one of the most difficult parts of the current situation is not seeing family members. I’m missing my children and their families but how grateful I am that there are so many ways to stay in touch with each other.
Today I can make a phone call – mobile or landline (we still have one of those, though rarely used) – but I think many have done away with the old fashioned telephone. I can send messages via text, Whatsapp, Messenger, private message via Facebook or email, and I can video call via Facetime, Whatsapp video or Skype. Photographs and videos can be sent and received between family and friends. I can join others in my Slimming World group for our weekly meeting via a group video-chat using an app called Zoom which hosts a meeting for up to 25 people, and stay in touch with my gym friends via our Whatsapp group chat. I don’t use Instagram myself, but I know it’s also a popular way to communicate. And, of course, we have blogging!
I never cease to be amazed by how things have changed; it’s not really so many years ago (and I think most of you who read my blog are of an age to remember those days) that very few of these channels of communication would have been open to us. Staying in touch was limited to an occasional phone call (because it was so expensive – I can still picture my dad, frowning slightly and tapping his watch if my call was too long – very frustrating once boyfriends were on the scene!), or a letter. My mother and grandmother used to exchange regular letters and it’s a great shame that so few handwritten ones are sent today.
Imagine enduring such limited opportunities to connect nowadays. During war-time in particular, the lack of contact, to reassure oneself that all was well must have been so worrying. There’s little to feel good about at the moment, but aren’t we lucky to have so many ways to connect with one another?