My mother is not very technologically minded so when I first suggested to her that we tried FaceTime when I went away to uni she was sceptical.
(Facetime is like Skype for those of you who share my mothers disposition regarding technology. Skype for those who really don't know is a free video call system!)
"How will it work?" she enquired.
After trying and failing to explain such things as fibre optics we gave up and instead gave her a demonstration at home.
She gleefully ran around the house with the laptop video calling me on the i-pad in the kitchen.
So we could safely say it was a hit!
We resolved to use video chat at uni.
Well, Mr Jobs, I owe you a lot!
My Mum has gone from bafflement to amazement to downright cross when we now can't "facetube" as she calls it!
If I am honest though I do share her excitement. There is nothing better than sitting down at my desk and calling home and being able to see them all crowded around the screen at the kitchen table, the Aga in the background.
It has become a bit of a family affair. You see on a phone it is a one on one conversation but when we video call the whole family gets involved. My mother invariably takes up most of the screen or doesn't quite get in because she has forgotten that you have to look at the camera. I am treated to ten minutes talking to her left eye!
My dad will often join in next to her and my brothers will sometimes poke their heads round. Even Granny has joined in the fun though whether she quite "got" it remains to be seen! It has been brilliant to literally "show" my family my decorated bedroom or out of the window and they in turn can show me things around the house.
But you know what is especially nice? Getting to FaceTime this man as well... swoon.
Yes, one day in my dotage my grandchildren will laugh at me for being old fashioned enough to video call but for now. It is magic my friends! Who needs a phone I ask you?!
This story is told in conjunction with the lovely Sian and her storytelling Sunday. Do stop by to send her some love and read the other fab stories.