From Chicken Soup for the Soul Daily Inspirations for Women

February 24

My eyes filled with tears as I kissed my son, daughter-in-law and precious grandchildren good-bye at the Sydney, Australia, airport, knowing I wouldn’t see them for at least two more years.

But on this visit Tracy and Phillip had talked incessantly about their new computer and how, if I bought one, we would be able to communicate daily.

And so it was that I abandoned my outdated typewriter and made a frightening leap into this fast-paced, high-tech era of e-mail.

The machine became my nemesis and the hero that could link me to my family. By e-mail, Phillip tells Gramps and me about his role in the school play and his test scores in math. And we were in on Tracy’s tenth birthday plans from day one.

The kids write when they’re happy, and when they are hurting. They share some secrets they don’t even tell Mom and Dad, and they ask me questions that only a grandma could answer.

I still make lots of mistakes on my computer, but then Tracy says,“I love you guise bigger than the entire world!” For that I’ll take any abuse this whiz-bang wonder of chips and a motherboard dishes out.

Kay Conner Pliszka

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