iPad does WHAT?!!
As many people do, I frequently bring my iPad along to Starbucks when I stop in for a weekend coffee. Our local Starbucks has nice big tables where, many times, one may end up making new friends.
One such morning recently I had a wonderfully unexpected moment with my iPad. The type of moment that even just a few years ago would not have been possible because I would have been hauling around my laptop, which no one ever asked about. As I went to find a seat, an older gentleman asked me about my iPad. He said he wanted to get one but was overwhelmed by it because he did not even have a computer.
I LOVE showing folks how to use technology, so I sat down and started showing him how I could get on the internet or check my e-mail with a single click. He wanted to see more, so I showed him a few of my favorite apps. This lead to me opening Google Earth…as he said “your iPad does WHAT?!!”
A Trip Down Memory Lane
I typed in our location, to give him an idea of how it looked from above. Then I asked him the name of a favorite place he had lived. When it zoomed in, his eyes lit up and he got a huge smile! Landmarks he still recognized were clear as day. Then his eyes got cloudy and he asked if I could look up a cemetery for him. Sadly, he had lost a small child early in his marriage. Well, a few clicks later my iPad was displaying what he had waited so long to see- from a different perspective but the same place he remembered. He told me it had been years since he had been able to visit, because it was all the way across the country. That moment, as he gazed at the image of his daughter’s grave, I wondered how many others have been able to reconnect with a lost place so special to their heart.
We moved on after a few minutes, and I showed him how he could access movies, tv, and radio. I also showed him how he could use video to make phone calls to his grandchildren. As a widower, he feels as if he has too much spare time. The iPad was just the thing he now wanted to help fill the days, connect with loved ones, and have fun while he is out and about! Of course, he could do these same things on a laptop or sometimes even a desktop computer, but the iPad seem so much more accessible to him.
I encourage everyone with a computer of any type to take their own trip down memory lane! Get the scrapbooks out. Look up those places in them you have forgotten about then find them on Google Earth! Share your life journey with your family – if you have children they might love seeing where you grew up! Think about the friends you had when you were there. Then look them up on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn. Reconnect.
Help an elderly relative to also re-connect to their past! Their friends may not be using social media, but they can more easily be found now by using the internet. The joy you can bring someone by showing them their favorite places is immeasurable. Perhaps they want to see a house they had lived in, a favorite vacation spot, their college, or a place they had worked. Everyone has places they hold dear to their heart. Sharing those places can build connections.
Three Things to remember:
1. Sometimes towns change (some grow, some die out), or there are new buildings where old ones once stood. Be sure your loved one is ready. Not everyone wants to “take a trip down memory lane”. Respect your loved ones wishes if they are not ready. Keep in mind that, just as towns change, so do people.
2. Take it slow the first time you look up your past or someone else’s. You may be surprised at how emotional it can be, and you will want to savor it.
3. Have Fun!!
If you have family or friends who do not know how to use computer, this is a great way to get them started! Let them know that it can be used to bring people together. Who knows? They may even want to start making video calls!
If you take your own trip down memory lane, please post it in the comment section! And, as always, if you found this article helpful, please share!
Busy Biz Girl