Around the World in 30 Minutes

By: - April 3, 2012

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It has become somewhat cliché to talk about how technology is changing everything…but adoption is certainly not exempt.  I was recently reminded of this reality when a quick spin on my iPad turned into a wonderful trip down ‘adoption memory lane’ with all four of my kids.

I woke up on a Saturday morning and instinctively began looking for a rectangular electronic device that could connect me with what was going on — in my world and the world at large.  My eyes found the iPad on the coffee table, so I grabbed it and sunk into the couch.  No sooner had I slid the bar to bring it back to life, then one of my boys dove into the couch beside me and asked, “Can I show you a new app we need?”  Of course, I thought, sure it would be yet another of the endless games they can’t seem to get enough of. 

“It’s Google Earth and it’s really cool.  You can look at any place in the world,” he said. 

“Really?  Anywhere?” I replied.

“Yeh, watch,” and off he went spinning the globe and zeroing in all sorts of places of interest. 

One thing led to another and after a few minutes I suggested we look at the city where he was born.  Before I knew it we were looking at a street level view of the hospital where we first met him.  This gave way to me telling him, detail by detail, all about that day, and not just about the facts.  I recounted some of the many thoughts and emotions that I remembered having.  And of course that led to lots of questions — some of which had answers that we know and others which we are left to continue wondering about for now.

This virtual trip to the place of my son’s birth and the opportunity to connect with him about an important part of where he is from and who he is quickly led to the other kids lining up on the couch for their turn.  Thirty minutes later we had visited Ft. Worth and Pasadena, Texas, as well as Guatemala City and Amatitlán, Guatemala.  We had talked about each of their stories, as each of the other kids listened in.

It may sound silly, but we all grew a little closer that day as we ‘traveled’ thousands of miles and shared the stories that make our family who “we” are together.  One day (hopefully soon) we will all travel again to those same places and share even more stories of who “we” are, but for now I am thankful for this opportunity we had to connect — and all thanks to this free app.

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