Silver Surfer @102! ~ It’s Never Too Late to Learn

Silver Surfer @ 102

Norman was going through a lonely time just after his 100th birthday. It was hard to follow so much excitement of family descending from all corners of the globe to share his celebrations and by chance a man he met at his front door recommended a lady carer who could come to give his some company during those hours between visitors of family and friends. After all there’s just so much TV you can watch.

Susi arrived and she was such a success with Norman. They went on outings or just sat and chatted until one day Susi suggested he might get a computer.

‘What do I want one of those for?’ said Norman, as many an elderly person has exclamed over the years. Well, it gave Norman something to think about and being quite astute he realised that he’d get free tuition through Susi too.

‘Why not,’ he said, and the computer was duly bought and set up for him.

While he was waiting for the internet Norman quickly learnt to play, amongst other things, patience. That’s the card game I might add.

Under Susi’s expert guidance the internet was soon installed and quickly Norman established a network of people to email.

‘No sooner had I emailed America than a reply popped into my inbox,’ he exclaimed. Norman was hooked.

‘At first I waited until Susi came to use it but soon I became more confident,’ he added another day.

But it wasn’t only email that Norman mastered. He searched for his favourite bands from the 30’s and 40’s on You Tube as well as comics from the 50’s and 60’s; he started to do online shopping; he mastered sending e birthday cards to all his close family and finally he leanrt the joys of Skype!

He was amazed. Not only could he talk to family on the internet for free but he could see them too. He was no longer lonely but his home was full of all the people he loved, even though some were in Jersey, America or as far away as Australia!

From then on, instead of a gap of a month or so between my visits and having the occasional chat on the phone, we booked Monday afternoons at 2pm to have a chat on Skype and I even took some videos of him too!

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About Diana Jackson

Author of 'The Healing Paths of Fife', Historical Romantic fiction ~ The Riduna Series set in 19th and early 20th Century a murder mystery ~ 'Murder, Now and Then' and two memoir. What links my books ~ history! Website:www.dianamaryjackson.co.uk Blog:www.dianamj.wordpress.com Riduna on Twitter and on Facebook too!
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5 Responses to Silver Surfer @102! ~ It’s Never Too Late to Learn

  1. Pat says:

    I like this and what you’re doing here. Great site Diana.

    • It’s early days here Pat but any articles of true experiences with a message welcome. Although I may focus on the elderly it is certainly not exclusive. I’ll check yours too:-)

      • Pat says:

        Thank you Diana. It’s nice for a change to reflect back at times passed where only the elderly can relay and share. It’s was their time and their story. I always enjoy them – warms my heart (though in speaking of myself I’m not far behind bringing up the rear LOL).

      • With families dispersed across the country and globe we’ve lost sight of just sitting and listening to the wisdom of the elderly. So much to learn. I loved every moment I spent with Norman just listening:-)

      • Pat says:

        So true Diana. Funny how in some ways it’s easier to connect (electronically) and others it’s more difficult (physically). But keeping the connections are key and important in trying to find the best of both worlds.

        Maybe I haven’t read enough but is Norman still alive? He is so inspiring in his willingness to still learn open to new things.

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