Generations And Miles Apart, Yet Connected

November 30, 2016

Just like most of us, I am coming down from the high of the holiday. A long weekend surrounded by food and family. My family is scattered across the globe, so it is pretty special for us to spend time together. Although we don’t have the option of being together in the same room all that often, we do feel super-connected thanks to technology.

In my family, not only does every grandchild have their own iCloud photo stream, but we also connect through daily emails and social media. We’ll often share Buzzfeed quiz results, articles and memes that simply remind us of each other.

Every holiday also includes a quick technology lesson for our parents to keep them up-to-date on the latest Snapchat filters, helping them log back into Instagram and showing them how to drag favorite photos onto their desktop.

It started a lot like this, but they are now pros:

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Although my mom often complains that my dad spends too much time on his phone, he sends content to us every single day. And every single day we send content back. Not every picture is liked. And not every article is responded to, but they are often like a touch on the shoulder.

A little reminder that my sister, my brother, my mom and my dad are all there, connected, even though we are thousands of miles apart.

London, San Francisco, Chapel Hill and Minneapolis. From major cities to right by my side.