Parents and Internet
Probably we are the first generation to grow up with the Internet as a routine part of our lives. We have taken to this technology effortlessly. But unfortunately, the same can not be said about our parents… This knowledge gap is very intimidating for our parents, who have to scramble to keep up with this very weird world.
I honestly get very impressed when I talk to my parents on skype, because I remember the first time they bought a computer for themselves, and what a big deal it was for them. They would rotate in calling me or one of my brothers or sisters every day wherever we were to tell us that a disaster happened and something is not working! My parents decided to face their worst nightmare and learn how to use this terrifying … terrifying … TERRIFYING thing because they wanted to stay in touch with us my sisters, brothers and me… we happen to be one of these families who are scattered around the planet…… and since I have spent my entire life fighting relentlessly with my dad, given that I always thought we are SO different… now I have been comprehending that maybe the problem is that we have always been too similar…… I think learning how to communicate using the Internet is the sweetest thing that my parents or anyone have ever done for me!!! Because I can imagine how hard it was, and I know it was done for pure love.
I mean the patience and effort my parents have put to learn how to print, where to find the letters, how to open the internet, how to check their emails and reply to them, how to chat with us, and now to skype is simply remarkable. I remember once at the very beginning of that computer days…I was chatting with my mom, and I sent her a photo on the internet, it took me TWO hours on chat to tell her how to open the bloody thing… we got stuck at drag the window to open it, she just could not comprehend the coordination between clicking the mouse and dragging the window at the same time… after the two hours she really got frustrated and told me “ khabast il dinia… I will wait till your dad comes” which means I screwed up, I have no idea what I have done, leave me alone! and I just laughed from the bottom of my heart, because for the first time I understood that we take this whole internet for granted, but actually it is not that intuitive.… we waited till Mr. Man our hero Mr. Dad came to save the day.
Now I see that not only they know how to use it, but they BRAG about it to their ignorant friends, which is always enough to bring an amused smile to my face…. I know that I have been talking a lot about my parents, but I am having a feeling that I have not felt in a really long time… I am homesick!