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!