Growing up my Dad often travelled for work. Although I could be totally wrong, I recall it usually being a couple of weeks a few times a year. But there were also a few years when there were big trips, when it was more like a month or two away from home.
When those trips happened we would get a call once a week and Mom would talk to Dad, catch him up on the goings on at home. If we were around, we'd be invited to say a few words, "hey Dad, things are good, school's the same, how long till you come home?" That was about it.
Today, my husband is on the other side of the world. We've only been married a few years and this is the longest we've been apart since the wedding day. Now, as I've said before, I'm a pretty independent person. After a week of him being gone, I'm pretty comfortable in the house by myself, I'm getting by just fine.
But oooh boy, it's been a long week getting to this point. I've had some really emotional days this week, days when I really wanted a partner to come home to....and thanks to skype, I could. Oh skype! To think a week ago I barely knew you. I couldn't have known how you would enable the brightest moments of this otherwise gloomy week. :)
A. is 13.5 hours ahead of me. When I get home from work, he's greeting the following morning, up for the day and ready to go for breakfast. We have a good hour to talk before he heads out.....and thanks to skype we can do that! For Free, people! Free! I get to hear his voice and see his face and expressions. He showed me his hotel room and the view from his window. And there is no time limit!
This boggles the mind when I think of what I grew up with during Dad's travels. How different would it have been if we'd sat down at the dinner table with a laptop and camera and still had dinner chats with Dad almost every day?
Amazing what technology allows. I'm incredibly grateful for it today.