Thank You Technology

17/01/2015 16:22

It's so difficult being a working parent on an unsociable shift pattern. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy my job and working shifts certainly has a ton of advantages but it's days like today that I have to put that extra effort into remembering that I'm here to provide a stable life for my family. It's Saturday afternoon and I'm taking a minute out of my 12 hour stint on the office to express my heartache. Today I missed my baby girls first time swinging on the swings at the park. It's not the first time I've missed something whilst being at work and it's impossible for many parents to avoid. As much as we would all love to follow them around for the rest of their lives carrying ear defenders and a big sack of cotton wool to protect them from this world, it's just not realistic. Rather than dwell though, I'd like to take a brief moment to thank technology and all of its wonder. Imagine being a working parent just 15 years ago? Or further back? Technology is now so advanced and so accessible that we needn't miss much at all. The majority of us carry these little boxes in our pockets that possess the ability to stream live, capture or record and send memories through these invisible waves to anywhere in the world and share them with just about anyone. Whenever I'm sat typing away, answering calls, making decision and doing what I'm paid to do but find myself missing my family I know I can reach for my own little box in my pocket and replay videos and view photos and remind myself of their beauty. I'm grateful for you technology, and I thank you for keeping me closer to my family in times where I feel I might be out of reach. I thank you for storing more memories on my behalf than my little brain could ever keep hold of. I thank you for allowing me to share those memories with the world, allowing me to shout for all to hear that 'I love my family!'.

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Topic: Thank You Technology

Date: 19/01/2015

By: Tim

Subject: Technology

It's easy to forget how far we've come in such a short space of time, isn't it? I'm occasionally away for a night or two at a time with work, and I really appreciate being able to snatch short video calls with my kids before their bedtime. One thing my oldest (he's now 7) has taken to doing is to create a message for me on the PC using Paint or Powerpoint and then send me a photo of it - or, now that he has mastered it, via email. And, as you say, even when they're out of contact reminders are always close at hand when we have photos, videos etc of them on our phones or PC desktops. It beats a dog-eared photo in a wallet, that's for sure!

Date: 25/01/2015

By: Ryan Costello

Subject: Re: Technology

Thats really cute the he does that. I got a video from my eldest (20 months) sent to my phone at work last weekend. I was working when it was his bedtime and was sad I was missing it but got this video of him kissing the screen and saying "bye bye Dada". The cutest! We're lucky we live in the world we live in.

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