On our very special Christmas Eve night, I never imagined that the glow of the computer screen would outshine that of my parent's decorated tree.
You see, we had a classy sit down dinner complete with white laced linens and a black laptop.
Yes. The laptop was on during the entire dinner.
That collage is evidence of each person in my extended family sharing the traditional oplatki (wafer) and exchanging blessing with my sister in Mali, Africa. Through skype.
We could quite possibly be the very first Polish family to video stream, through computer camera, our traditional Wigilia dinner across the world-wide net.
My children got up and ran to the laptop many times during dinner. They ate standing up anticipating the next skype conversation with their aunt. What would Emily Post say?
I carefully moved my sister from dinning room to living room, wires attached making sure she was comfortable. I even went as far as to wrap a blanket around the laptop for giggles. I hope she knows that when we grow old together, I have her back and will take care of her wires and wheel chair. Christmas Eve night was just a trial run.
My sister, the
attention seeking content middle child, had the best seat in the house.
What a great world we live in. Although sad that she was unable to travel, she observed our evening from the comforts of her hotel room sipping wine.
Check out my sister's perspective and her video to see me my children play with fire, sing songs in high-pitched voices, and even the husband and I dancing for Santa! He dips me at the end, which made my sister giggle out loud in Africa. I'm the one in cute black stilettos.
I wish I could video stream our car ride home to Cleveland this Sunday. A car full of gifts, three children, one dog, and a kitten for six hours would surely make for some awesome video footage. No?
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Posted by OHmommy at 12:22 AM