Family bonding beyond borders

I started today checking my heart whose beats I can hear from my right ear. All is well and I turn to Ed, who is sleeping soundly. Ed, Ayen and I watched two movies the night before and slept very late. The first movie was Notting Hill and the second, Madagascar 2. Both were entertaining and we laughed together. This laughing as a family is a healthy practice. Most nights when we are home, Ed, Ayen and I would lounge together in our day bed, open two laptaps, get our facebook accounts and watch a good movie on tv simultaneously. This is the techie bonding time. We watch what is interesting in the web and when we find a good movie on tv , we close our facebook accounts and watch the movie huddled together with Bambi our pet terrier while eating nuts and pastry in bed. Sometimes, we watch a new movie in our laptaps because they look better. Ayen downloads them from torrents and when we use an lcd, our little sala becomes a home theater.

But what is the story I want to share?  Many families, mostly parents,complain that the digital age has made family real time more difficult since everyone has their mobil phones, their laptaps and wifi. When Ed and I learned to use the web in the early 90s, we were amazed at how much we could elearn from it but was more suprised that Ayen used it better when she was 12 years old. Now that we are into our senior years and Ayen is a young adult, we developed a habit of being together, having face to face conversations even when all the digital gadgets are turned on. This face to face, real time for bonding makes our daily life in synch. When we travel overseas, we are in touch with family,relatives, friends and colleagues via  sms and the web. News and stories flow seamlessly and we feel  connected. That is a valuable service the digital age has provided us. Ed and I remember the decade of the 80s when we were not yet web savvy but already had our first Mac, and we used it only for word processing. The 90s opened our eyes and ears to the wonder of the web and then later to wifi systems. Now family bonding beyond borders is real. We can send regular messages to siblings, to our relatives across the sea and even  to friends whom we have not seen for decades. Family and friends are accessible now. We enjoy the weddings, the birthday parties, the reunions and celebrations while being held somewhere in the globe. We  see our twin apos, Edric and Yohan while they learn to walk, talk and grow into boys in Singapore. We are able to send our prayers to those who are ill and our sympathies to those whose loved ones crossed over to the beyond. 

Thank you : techies, engineers,innovators and scientists who made this social bonding  and connectivity possible.We feel it is a good time to be alive and bond with  all.

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