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The Thrill and Joy of Facetime Jo

I have a back and forth, up and down relationship with all the technology that keeps us “connected.” Perhaps most people do. I often wonder how different my childhood might have been with iPads, screens, and Facetime.

June6_FaceTimeCrewsFacetime. My boys LoVe Facetime. If I get a grandparent on the other end of the connection, it is an absolute party in our home. Boys screaming, dancing, running this way and that, showing off toys, showing off karate moves, and then talking to the screen so close that they leave breath marks. All while I try to hold a smart phone or iPad in a place that might catch some of their antics.

I don’t even remember talking to my grandparents on the phone! I’m sure I did, but I do remember physically seeing them and having so many things to tell them over an extended visit because, of course, they wanted to know every detail since they last saw me!

When we said good-bye, we said good-bye. (For real, until the next time I SEE you.) Same with friends in the summer, unless we – or our parents – arranged play dates and slumber parties. My social outings most summers consisted of bike rides up and down the streets of my neighborhood, with those special friends who lived so close.

It wasn’t until that long-awaited first day of school that I saw the many other friends with whom I was growing up. Not so for our children.

This past summer, my four-year-old son had the glorious opportunity to Facetime his best friend from pre-school. Oh the joy on these boys’ faces! Both using iPads, they giggled at the sight of each other, and took the iPads up and down the hallways of their homes showing off their rooms and their coolest toys. Even siblings got in on the action, and the dogs were introduced.

These boys were probably five miles apart but together on screen, and this proved to be a play date on its own, which, of course, still required some mommy monitoring. When I wasn’t chasing down our crawling infant, I would walk back into my son’s room to find his best friend staring at our ceiling fan, while my son gabbed away about his new Blaze truck. Or worse, the friend was seeing a black screen, as my son had left our iPad facedown on the carpet.

It was all such a spectacle. The screen would sometimes be propped on pillows, providing the perfect setting for show and tell, or for our friend to watch my sons wrestle. Such entertainment.

I am thankful real, live play dates took place over the summer, yes. But really, this Facetime thing for our kids is quite something. I can just imagine where it will go from here.

For all the huffs and puffs technology brings, these video conversations brought smiles and unbounded joy. Worth it.

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4 Responses to The Thrill and Joy of Facetime Jo

  1. Alecia September 13, 2016 at 1:44 pm #

    I love this! We don’t allow a huge amount of technology time, unless it is needed. But we move so much that every now and then we let our daughter facetime the best friend she left behind in Washington.
    You can see the joy on the boys faces. I love it!

    • Laura Shaver September 14, 2016 at 1:38 pm #

      Thank you, Alecia! Yes, we do not allow much either, so this – and talking to grandparents – is a special treat! I love that your daughter can keep in touch with her best friend! I remember being so sad when my best friend moved away in 4th grade. That is wonderful for them to be able to still “see” other. 🙂

  2. April September 13, 2016 at 8:01 pm #

    Love this! I will never forget how happy they were to “see” each other and show off their homes to one another. Such a sweet friendship!

    • Laura Shaver September 14, 2016 at 1:38 pm #

      Thank you, April! Their smiles are so full of joy, I just love those pictures!