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Skype is the best!

Last night while my husband was typing away on the computer a Skype window popped up. He accepted the call from Angel Girl and began searching like a mad man for the microphone. He found it just as I heard Angel Girl’s stepmother telling her that for some reason we were unable to talk. I was terrified they would hang up and shut off the computer. They didn’t and we spent over two hours watching her play with the webcam and all the girls were singing, laughing and enjoying just being together.

After I saw her face I began to cry. I had to leave the room. I didn’t want her to see me crying. It was very emotional seeing her just like it always is when I first see her coming toward me at the airport. I cry every single time for at least five minutes.

We can’t talk every day because of the time difference. I can’t call her before 11 at night our time. She gets home from school at 4 in the afternoon her time. There are seven hours of time difference between Alsace and Tennessee. I will talk at least three or four times a week when before it was only once a week and sometimes longer. Every weekend will be heaven because that is when we can spend the most time talking.
I love modern technology!

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  • misschrisc February 27, 2006, 10:09 am

    It’s so wondeful to keep up with family this way, but sometimes its heartbreaking too. I miss them so much and seeing them makes it harder, but I love it too. I wouldn’t trade it for anything! Strange huh?

    Angel Girl is adorable (I saw the snowball picture a few posts back).

  • Pauline February 27, 2006, 11:37 am

    You not the only one who cries like that. Every time Leon goes off to his grandparents for he school holidays and we have to pick him up at the airport I cry.

    I never cry when dropping him off, but when we pick him up it’s just too much. I get that tight feeling in my throat and the tears start rolling down my cheeks. I do get some odd looks at the airport because of this, but I can’t control myself.

    I am so glad that your enjoying your web cam and Skype, it’s such a great communication tool .

  • samantha February 27, 2006, 12:08 pm

    I’m so happy you finally got hooked up with skype and the webcam. Technology really is great sometimes, isn’t it?

  • Pumpkin Pie February 27, 2006, 12:23 pm

    You said it perfectly. That is exactly how I feel and everyone in the tiny Strasbourg airport does stare. Angel Girl didn’t cry the first time, but each time afterwards she has. Now, she and I just hug and cry together.

  • Alison February 27, 2006, 1:40 pm

    This post made me cry. I think you know why.

  • Pumpkin Pie February 27, 2006, 3:43 pm

    My thoughts have been with you these last few weeks. Enjoy every second so that you can replay it over and over. If I feel sad I think about her smile and how she sounds like me when she laughs. I think about all the times I held her and will hold her again. It is hardest when it is only a few weeks before she comes. I become a bundle of anticipation and nerves. It seems that time likes to play tricks on me and slows down to a snails pace just two weeks before she comes. Time has a funny sense of humor.

  • M@ February 27, 2006, 4:41 pm

    I have SkyPE, but haven’t used it much. I can see how it would be really great for you, plus save a bunch of money. :)

  • Pumpkin Pie February 27, 2006, 5:08 pm

    We were paying 7.50 Euro for each phone card and it got up to two to three hours of talk time. This is great for my mother who spends over 100 bucks a month calling us. That is a whole lotta dough!

  • Wendy February 27, 2006, 10:13 pm

    I am crying..really this post has me on tears. Maybe coz it’s a Monday and the boys are now with their Dad for another week – I know I get to have them every 2nd week but I miss them like hell when they’re not here and my best moment is when I fetch them every 2nd Monday evening..I get so excited about it. I know I could never leave France while they are here – never ever – they are my life…no matter how rough it sometimes gets – they are SO worth it.

  • Pumpkin Pie February 28, 2006, 10:21 am

    I always cry over stuff like this too since having Angel Girl. I think when we become mothers we also become more sensitive to these things. I have cried reading Dooce’s monthly letters to her daughter.

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  • D March 1, 2006, 1:15 pm

    It must be so difficult for you being so far away from your daughter….my heart goes out to you. At least you are able to talk and see her via Skype. I have no idea how loved ones dealt with being so far apart without the wonders of the internet that we have today.

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