My inquisitive Dad asked me one day, “What is this Facebook thing?”
Knowing his paltry inclination towards technology and the idea of ‘keeping in touch’ with anyone through the internet quite indigestible and puzzling for him (He’s the old-school type; if you remember someone you just pick up the phone and call!), I explained it to him with as little fuss and as much clarity as possible.
Once updated, he wasn’t keen on opening a Facebook account, but I did manage to convince him to upgrade his old Nokia to a smartphone and get data connection on it. The clincher being pictures of A Jr and Angel that I promised to send them everyday, if they (He and Mom) got Whatsapp; which they did. Grandparents! 🙂 🙂 😍
The hands that taught me how to hold a pencil, scribble and pointed at words so I learned to read them are now struggling and succeeding in finding their way through the maze of apps on the phone. He’s used to taking pictures with his Kodak camera, but now as soon as he sees Angel he goes click-click on his phone and captures every single expression on her face like a professional.
In Mom’s absence he gets lonely at times, so he made my brother teach him how to handle a laptop since there’s a spare one kept at home. He grasped the operations quickly and has become quite a buff now. He uses it for office work, watching movies and sitcoms, or sometimes just to play games.
Me, I’m a bag of mixed emotions. On one side there’s A Jr – a curious child ready to learn and imbibe whatever piece of knowledge he comes across and on the other side there’s my Dad who has seen and known everything, yet ready to go the extra mile to keep himself abreast with the world of today. Its true. Learning never stops.