Yesterday I blogged about the adoption of the new technological developments by Americans. This morning we called my wife’s grandmother who has turned 90 (yes, ninety!) on the Christmas Day. My mother-in-law brought her laptop to “babushka Polina” (by the way, “babushka” has nothing to do with nesting dolls; it’s a proper Russian word for “Granny”), and this was the first time this elderly lady saw a laptop and got to participate in (or should I say, be the main participant of) a video call. I have just received the following picture from my in-laws which speaks better than any words:
Needless to comment how much she is enjoying the new technology.
She finished the call with words: “Now we’re gonna do this every major holiday!” It’s something that strikes me about our grandparents… They love life, and are generally much more optimistic than many of our peers. Maybe it has to do with the uneasy path that my wife’s and my own grandparents went through (the famine of 1932-1933, World War II, post-war times of rebuilding country and lives, Stalin’s purges, and the Soviet days of the “almighty” KGB, and other difficulties we have no clue about). It is possible that having gone through this much, they are especially capable to enjoy and value what we’ve got now… Either way, we certainly have a lot to learn from them.