I'm old enough to remember the telephone company was going to have a phone where you could see the person you were talking to.
So far, that hasn't happened.
But someone invented Skype.
A couple of years ago, Brian Ditchfield, who works at Alltel, told me that I should sign up for Skype. He explained what it was. I nodded. Then promptly forgot about it.
Last summer, after visiting our relatives in Japan, Hiromi, one of my cousins insisted that I sign up. Her son, Yuichi, talked me through it.
Now, my mother and I talk to my cousin Kotoe and her mother all the time. Kotoe is Hiromi's younger sister. The last time Hiromi was online was in January!
It really is good for my mother to catch up with what's going on in Tokyo.
My sister Dorothy, who has been in Djibouti since January, will be coming home May 2. She said one of her first purchases will be a laptop with a webcam. That way, we can talk to her on Skype. But she did say she wasn't sure what sort of connection she'd have. I told her that my colleague Lily Gordon used to talk to her husband, Morgan, when he was in Afghanistan, so it should work in Djibouti.
We'll see. She goes back in late May.
So Skype inventor, whoever you are, you are a genius!