As I’ve moved around quite a bit in the past few years, moving from Virginia to Oklahoma to California to Illinois to finally Rhode Island, I’ve had to say goodbye many times to good friends. Unfortunately, it never seems to get any easier. This time I happen not to be the one moving, but our good friend and owner of amomknowsbest.com, Allison Alexander, is the one moving. It’s very sad to see a friend moving away, but at least as technology has progressed over the past few years it is easier to keep in touch. I would always say, “Let’s keep in touch! We’ll write each other and call,” but everyone knows that is easier said than done (unfortunately). Moms are busy, both working and raising kids, and day to day life in the new place becomes all consuming. You make new friends, you move on, but you do always hold in your heart the friends you had in other places. Now technology is giving us the chance to keep up with friends easier!
The greatest thing now is the expansion of social media. I created a Facebook profile in 2006, and have connected with many friends and family through that outlet ever since. It’s such an easy way to keep in touch and see what friends are doing. I have been able to connect (and even reconnect) with friends from all the States I’ve lived in. It makes it so you can actually say, “Let’s keep in touch!” and truly mean it. Our group at amomknowsbest.com will use social media (Facebook and Twitter) and other technology available to keep in touch with Allison on a very frequent basis. I’m sure we will be Skyping her in at meetings!
(Friends I keep in touch with from Illinois through Facebook!)
Technology is always advancing and bringing us new great ways to communicate. My parents, even in their 60’s and 70’s, are using tools to commute with us! We just spoke to them from their Alaskan Cruise, via my father’s iPad 2 to my MacBook Pro, using Facetime (the Mac version of Skype). It’s just really amazing how much technology has advanced even in the past 10 years. One of our AMKB contributors, Joanna Stepka, was able to view her child’s crib on her phone from the restaurant we were eating (see her article). Now that’s some great technology! I guess we’ll see what they think of next!
Allison Alexander, we will miss you here in Rhode Island, but we know you will be just a mouse-click or Skype call away!
* How do you use technology to keep in touch with friends?