Gratitude Monday

Missed my post last week; I was traveling to a conference for work and didn’t get one put together ahead of time. I did think about it, though. My mood Monday evening, in fact, was improved at the end of a long day in a way that very much inspired this week’s post.

Much as I often lean toward Luddite tendencies (or like to think I do, anyway), this week I am going to express some gratitude for an application Apple developed called FaceTime. This is the tagline:

Make video calls from your Mac to another Mac — or to an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. It’s easy. It’s fun. And it’s almost as good as being there.

Julia received an iPad Mini for her birthday, and we tried it out “calling” each other from one room to the other. It was pretty cool. Then I was able to call her during a recent work trip to Illinois, then again from my hotel room in Vegas this past week. It’s nice to see a familiar, smiling face when stranded out somewhere I’d rather not be. What I especially like about it is Julia has a particularly ebullient personality at times, and I don’t know what it is about the FaceTime, but she always approaches it with this happy smile on her face like a kid at Christmas time. There’s often a particular kind of laugh that goes with it. I call it her “the dogs are doing something silly” face. That particularly charms me. It makes a big difference to get to see it from the road now.

I could do a screen capture to show what I mean, but she wouldn’t appreciate it. She doesn’t like to be photographed. I hope that will change one day, because I think she’s quite fetching.

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Author: Chris

Chris La Tray is a writer, a walker, and a photographer. He is an enrolled member of the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians and lives in Missoula, MT.

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