Video chats allow grandparents and grandchildren stay connected. On November 26, 2008 I was quoted in the NY Times: As one Web cam evangelist wrote on her blog, “You’ll be able to pick up where you left off without those warming up to you, awkward moments.”  The quote was taken from a post on staying connected with grandchildren using fun video chat activities.

This is a tribute to all the Grandmas who have
been fearless and learned to use the Computer….

The computer swallowed grandma.
Yes, honestly its true!
She pressed ‘control’ and ‘enter’
And disappeared from view.

It devoured her completely,
The thought just makes me squirm.
She must have caught a virus
Or been eaten by a worm.

I’ve searched through the recycle bin
And files of every kind;
I’ve even used the Internet,
But nothing did I find.

In desperation, I asked Jeeves
My searches to refine.
The reply from him was negative,
Not a thing was found ‘online.’

So, if inside your ‘Inbox,’
My Grandma you should see,
Please ‘Copy,”Scan’ and ‘Paste’ her
And send her back to me.

~ © 2004 Valerie Waite ~
(used with permission from the author)