Saturday, May 14, 2011

Family "gatherings" are just awkward with Skype

My brother graduates from college today. My whole family is in the same place at the same time for an entire weekend and I'm missing it. I'm really sad to be missing out on the fun, but thankfully we have Skype to bring us together!

Well..kind of.

As I've said before, the Mister and I could not survive without Skype and I don't know how international workers did it before such technology existed. It is wonderful to be able to call up family and friends and see their faces in real time.

Well...kind of.

There's always that slight delay. And in a family like mine, timing is important. We're pretty heavy on the sarcasm and one-line zingers. So if you're 1 or 2 seconds off, your joke goes from being funny to being just...awkward. There was a lot of "What'd you say?" followed by a sigh and, "Never mind."

But that doesn't matter. It was still very nice to "see" my family and get to share in a few minutes of the celebration of my little brother's success. Kid, sorry I couldn't be there in person. The Mister and I are very proud of your accomplishments and I can't wait to see what you make of yourself.

Here are a few highlights of our conversation:

I forget what the conversation was about, but it had definitely gotten to that point where all the big topics had been discussed and neither party wanted to start the hanging up process. Please note the Sonic in the bottom right corner.

This was when Mom wanted us to all "get together" for a family picture.

This is how the family picture turned out. This was the result of the third take. Classic.

I'm glad I could be in on some of the fun, but I'm definitely sad to be missing out on all the laughter and antics that are happening there without me.

Tis the life of an international worker.

Vicariously yours,

1 comment:

  1. I love all of this. this is why technology is awesome