Connecting with family

I am so immensely grateful for the technology that allows me to stay connected with my family.

On Friday night, I celebrated my brother’s birthday by chatting with him on Viber while we played a computer game together. (Conveniently, the game is designed so that only one person is supposed to see the screen.) He also turned on video for a bit to show me around the home that he and his wife recently bought.

Tonight, after dinner, I hopped on Google Hangouts to chat with my parents. We shared stories about the past week and I got a glimpse of their first snowfall of the winter. We also laughed and collectively shook our fists at some recent clues in the New York Times Crossword, which we all do almost daily.

It’s so incredible that I can live thousands of miles from my family and still share these moments with them on a regular basis.