Gratitude for the Digital Era

We have been in London for over a week already and it’s beginning to feel like home.  When we were here 10 years ago, our children lived with us, but they are grown and some have their own children, and we’re empty-nesters.

What makes it bearable to be away from them is the ease of electronic communication.  We Skype, email, or chat, and manage to keep up with each others’ lives.  Even 20 years ago, before email was common or inexpensive internet phone calls available, to be on another continent meant writing a letter and waiting a month for a reply–or paying a huge amount for a 3 minute transatlantic phone call.  I am grateful for the changes brought about by the digital age.

Here is is photo from tonight’s walk across the Hungerford Bridge after a concert at the Royal Festival Hall.  St. Paul’s Cathedral can be seen tiny in the background (wide angle shot–it’s not as far away as it looks).  One of our favorite things is walking by or over the Thames.

London at Night

So hello electronically from far away.

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