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This isn’t at all the post I planned to write tonight (Grand Slam bonanza will resume tomorrow), but it is what is on my mind. Tonight I went to dinner with Little C and my parents. They have just returned from 8 wonderful days in Colorado (which I will post about soon) and they were very excited to see their granddaughter. My husband is out of town for work, as he often is at least once every week or two, so they were also helping me wrangle an energetic toddler. While we were waiting for our food, Grandma was trying to get a cute video or picture with her iPhone to send to Little C’s daddy so that he can stay connected with us while he is away. Grandma does the same for me when work takes me away for a few days, and those pictures or videos of C that I receive on my iPhone are often the highlight of my day.
The restaurant we were in (okay, it was a chicken buffet, don’t judge…..we live in the South) had a TV on in the background, and during dinner we saw on the TV that Steve Jobs, the brains behind Apple, passed away today. As others have said, even though I obviously didn’t know Steve, I felt very sad to hear that he had passed away. Clearly he was too young to die, and clearly his death will leave a void in technological innovation, however that isn’t exactly why I was sad. I was sad because what he was able to do with technology has helped my family so much. I remember being about 8 or 9 years old and “working” on our family’s Macintosh computer. You know, the boxy beige computer that cost several thousand dollars even back then. I remember at the time being frustrated because most video games were for PCs, not Macs. However, I still loved that computer and wrote many middle school, junior high, and high school papers on that machine.
I fondly remember my bright orange iMac that I saved up for and bought in 1999 to bring with me to college (orange for the Texas Longhorns, of course). It sat proudly in my dorm room, and was my lifeline to my high school friends who were spread around the country. This was before the days of Facebook, so I remember writing and reading many emails from everyone on that computer. It looked so cool!
After college, Macs and I grew apart for a little while as the PC dominated workforce took over. However, all of that changed on Christmas Day 2009. For Christmas that year I got my first iPhone. I was excited about it getting it, but I didn’t know how important it would be until two days later, when then four-day-old Little C was unexpectedly admitted to the Neonatal ICU 90 miles from our home. I will save that story for another day, but the short version is that immediately my iPhone became my lifeline to the rest of the world. Overnight it became essential for staying in touch with everyone, for paying bills, for researching her condition on the internet, and to give me a distraction to look at while sitting in a room alone pumping milk for C every three hours around the clock, since I couldn’t be with her 24/7 to have her nurse while she was in the NICU.
Now, almost two years later, Little C is thankfully healthy as can be, but my iPhone still helps keep me connected to the world. It helps me keep up with this blog and other miles and points happenings, but more importantly, it keeps me connected to my family when miles and time zones separate us. Without Steve Jobs and his innovations, my family simply wouldn’t be able to be as connected as we are. C’s daddy wouldn’t have seen her playing before dinner tonight and I wouldn’t have been able to capture as many snapshot moments as I have.
Thank you for helping me document the hard few days in the NICU. I would have never thought to bring a real camera in, as I could barely think to put shoes on during those tough days, but it was an important part of C’s life that I am glad is documented.
Thank you for always being in my pocket so that I can capture cute moments as they happen, instead of missing them while I run to try to find the “good camera”. This shot was taken when C was about one year old and she decided she needed to wear Daddy’s shoes.
Thank you for being in my purse tonight so that Daddy could have a snap shot of our car ride home. Sure, the quality of the photo isn’t great, but that doesn’t matter when your kid is the one smiling in the snapshot.
So, thank you, Steve. Thank you for all you contributed. Thank you for all you created. Thank you for allowing technology to work efficiently and fit in our pockets. Thank you for allowing us to be more connected when we are apart. You will be missed.