Electronic parenting

This is the view Taj saw this evening as he and I played a remote game of Hangman through SKYPE. I joined the military well before the proliferation of the internet, but don’t know how I survived without it.
This is the view Taj saw this evening as he and I played a remote game of Hangman through SKYPE.
I joined the military well before the proliferation of the internet, but don’t know how I survived without it.

I’ve asked this question before: “What did I do before the internet?” It’s a question I ask often, especially when I do something online that I really enjoy … like talking to Muna and Taj.

I remember being stationed in India when I was a Marine Security Guard (MSG.) I used to save money to buy phone cards, and pay those criminal phone companies ridiculous rates just to be able to talk. (Yeah, I said it! traditional telecommunications companies are CRIMINALS!)

Now, with VoIP and internet telephony, I can talk AND SEE my family for free. It’s not always the best quality, but neither was the phone card service. Skype is my favorite, but I hear there are many other services out there that let you avoid using the old-school telephone (and paying those criminals.)

I played hangman with Taj while he ate breakfast. (For you young’uns who think all games must include batteries or a video controller, Google “hangman.”) I could see he had french toast and sausage with a glass of milk. I wrote letters on a piece of paper, and he looked at the screen to make his guess as to what he thought my mystery phrase was. (See the pic, above.)

I hope that by him seeing and interacting with me, he doesn’t loose sight of the fact that he has a father. I know he knows I’m his Dad, but there’s something about simply being there that resonates with people. You know … out of sight, out of mind. I can’t afford for that to happen. (I’m gonna be in the ‘stan for a looooong time!)

He likes playing word games. If any of you can think of other cool games I can play with him through SKYPE, please let me know!

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