Using Skype Has Changed Our World

My cell phone bleeps. It is a message from my son, a U.S. Marine, halfway around the world "Can you get on Skype?" I roll over and hit the floor running. I grab my laptop computer, charger, cell phone for the modem and start slapping on make-up while it boots and loads the program. I am going to get to see my son's face for a few minutes! My heart leaps! What a great way to wake up and start the day! It is amazing how using Skype has changed our world!

Skype gives me a chance to share a smile and a touch of home with my Marine son.
Skype gives me a chance to share a smile and a touch of home with my Marine son. | Source

Just Like The Jetsons

Not so long ago, I watched cartoons called The Jetsons. I was always amazed at the phone system that they had where George Jetson, the father, could talk to his boss from home on a television-like screen. It was so amazing! It was like a picture frame with real people talking in it! No way that could ever happen!

Sitting here talking to my son, I think back on that cartoon and smile. He asks me, "What's so funny?" I tell him I am thinking how amazing that I can be just like George Jetson talking on the flat screen of my laptop with him clear around the world. Of course, George had better reception that we did! Several times we resort to typing our words, but seeing his smiling face is priceless. He is a few pounds lighter than our last Skype session and a little more tan. He is sporting a new haircut as well. He is off the ship for a short time and I know he has spiffed up to Skype with his new bride. It has been hard for them to have this long separation only weeks after their impromptu elopement, but each time they get to see each other's face they grow a bit stronger for a little longer.

Looking Back

Looking back at our communication systems over the years, my heart goes out to those military families of old. They did not have the comfort and reassurance that our technology today offers. My grandparents had a sons who served in World War II and the Korean War. One call or two was a rare gift to receive and that was after they had telephones in the home. Their communication with my uncles revolved around letters which were sometimes more cut up from censoring than they were informative. It was unusual to know where they were and what they were doing. It was merely a reaffirmation that they were still alive on the day that letter was written. The letters may have taken months to arrive. How hard that must have been. I am ashamed sometimes by my loneliness and fears for my son. My grandmothers worked hard for their faith to hold on until their sons returned.

Years later, there were the Uncles and Aunts who had sons who served in the Vietnam War and Desert Storm. They did have the opportunity to get a telephone call a time or two during their sons' deployments and service, but it still was a rare thing to receive. They got postcards and letters with more frequency and with a lot less censorship, and sometimes a snapshot was included. The joy of getting to see their son alive and looking on his face made the time apart a little less stressful. Still yet they too had to rely on the faith that their son would one day return.

My son wrote on his FB wall:  " Reason #9745938593497 my wife is the best in the universe! She even Skypes while she's driving!" She was in Tennessee and he was in Spain at the time!  Kudos for watching the road girl!!
My son wrote on his FB wall: " Reason #9745938593497 my wife is the best in the universe! She even Skypes while she's driving!" She was in Tennessee and he was in Spain at the time! Kudos for watching the road girl!! | Source

Communication Today and Tomorrow

Today, many things have changed. Postcards, boxes, and letters still take almost a month to get to and from a ship overseas, but a phone call or text message is at our fingertips. If our service member has computer access, it is easy to get a text message to home via several websites who offer free text messages such as www.uscellular.com . It is also not uncommon for a service member to be able to place calls from the phones on base or on a ship using a phone calling card which allows them to call parents and sweeties at work, home or on their cell phone. What a blessing this is to be able to receive a text or hear their voice on a regular basis! I am blessed with just this advantage, but to look into his eyes and see his smile in live time (well maybe a few seconds delay) makes it all seem more manageable. It isn't often that he is in a location where the Internet access is strong enough to allow for the Skype to work, but each moment counts. Last deployment, he Skyped his little neice, Lyndsy, while she was as preschool and sang, "Happy Birthday" to her. She was thrilled! She turned to her classmate and said, "Its Uncle Dustin, calling me for my birthday from Japan." It was all very matter of fact and so precious!

Today, I can smile and chat with him as if he were here at the breakfast table with me. It is almost as if we can reach out and touch. Maybe that is the next step in technology, 3 D AND sensory. Until then I will soak up his smile and fill him up with mine. I will treasure hearing his love and seeing it on his face. Thank you, George Jetson and Skype....you are our heroes!

Using Skype has changed our world and you can learn more about Skype at www.skype.com/en - it may change yours too!



Photo and Text Copyright 2011 Deborah M. Carey

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prektjr.dc 5 years ago from Riverton, KS, USA Author

Phil,

You are SOOO right! It is truly amazing what has changed and how very fast it changes now! Thanks for the comment!


leann2800 5 years ago

I Have never heard of Skype or needed to I guess. But, my son is grown and moving on. Its a wonderful idea for an empty nester.


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prektjr.dc 5 years ago from Riverton, KS, USA Author

leann,

You are so right! It would be a great tool for those empty nesters! I should say us empty nesters! My youngest just moved out! Sometimes just seeing their face makes all the difference. Check into it!


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California

I adore that Skype has helped to keep you and your son in contact! That is enough to get my interest alone.

Cheers~

K9


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FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

My Dad uses Skype all the time. This is wonderful you ccan visit with your son face to face. I don't have anyone living far away. It would have been great when dad's parents were alive as the lived on the other side of. N.A. I know the screen phone on The Jestsons you mean. Still waiting for the jet packs.


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prektjr.dc 5 years ago from Riverton, KS, USA Author

K9 - thanks! It has been a great blessing!

Flora - It is really helpful keeping families in touch regardless of where they are! I'm not brave enough for the jet packs!!

Thanks ladies for the comments! God Bless!


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

Hi, this is wonderful, I must admit I have never used it, but technology has come a long way, to be able to speak to him like that must be the best thing in the world, cheers nell


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prektjr.dc 5 years ago from Riverton, KS, USA Author

Nell,

It is wonderful, it warms my heart to see his face AND hear his laugh! He has a sparkle of mischief in his eye that transfers across the miles! Thanks for the comment!


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Simone Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

This Hub warms my heart! How wonderful it is that your son has Skype as a resource to keep in touch with his loved ones. It is rather fun to use, isn't it! I feel totally Jetson-ey when I use it, too! Voted up and awesome.


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prektjr.dc 5 years ago from Riverton, KS, USA Author

Thanks Simone,

It is very cool....I have had to learn to get make-up on in a flash...NOT gonna be seen without it halfway around the world!!! LOL! I am ready for that flying car that folds up into the suitcase next! Wouldn't that be great!!?


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Simone Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

Yes! I'm waiting for that one, too!!


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Maren Morgan M-T 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

I agree, we ARE in the world of the Jetsons!


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prektjr.dc 5 years ago from Riverton, KS, USA Author

Maren,

It is so neat too! It has been a blessing for us, but I just wonder what the future can hold?! Thanks for reading! God Bless!


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princesswithapen 4 years ago

I can relate to how you feel. I have moved countries and know how awesome it feels to catch up with friends and loved ones at the click of a button. And the fact that all you need is an internet connection is icing on the cake. Virtually free, easy and a relatively mobile service. What more could you ask for?

Princesswithapen


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prektjr.dc 4 years ago from Riverton, KS, USA Author

We are truly thankful for this technology. My son was able to Skype with his little wife and I for a brief time on Christmas morning. No as near as we would have liked, nor as long, but it was a touch with him while he is so far away! Thanks for reading!

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