Grandparenting via Skype


by Ann Treacy | May 9, 2009 • Here’s a fun broadband story for Mother’s Day. It comes from Mary in Two Harbors, Minnesota. She gets her service from Frontier Communications. Mary was kind enough to send me her story…

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We are new proud grandparents of two granddaughters who were born two months apart less than a year ago. One lives in Hershey, PA and the other in Rapid City, SD, with their parents. Needless to say, due to the physical distance, we are unable to hold and love them often. However, thanks to high-speed Internet, the SKYPE program–downloaded at no cost to us on our home computer, and the cost of a $30.00 web cam, we are able to see “our babies” almost nightly. (We’re concerned they think we live in a white box or black box, as the case may be!)

They are now at an age where they hear the ring of the SKYPE “phone”, and parents say they break into a smile—yup, that warms our heart! We excitedly wait for a response to peek-a-boo, patty-cake, by/by, and sooooooooooo big —even Grandpa gets into the act. We love watching them exercise in their jumper, eat their first morsels of solid food or lying on the floor playing with their feet. With the ease of the portable Laptop, parents are able to move the computer to wherever they are—even when they’re flat on the floor demonstrating their first attempts at crawling.

I love reading a story to them—either at bed-time, while at play, or when mom or dad need a “break”. Believe it or not, we run out of things to say. We desperately want them to recognize our voice, so what better way to accomplish it than by reading to them!!!! Not to mention all the other benefits of being read to!!!

As I said, we are so grateful to have broadband access!!!!!