I was so amazed when I first used one. I just wanted to talk to everyone. Of course the novelty wears off after a while, and like all technology, we just take it for granted.
Naturally, it's not such a good thing when someone wants a video call with you and you're not looking your best. And there are times when you don't want someone on the other end to see your expressions for one reason or another. It could be that you perhaps disapprove of something they say and you are then faced with having to keep a smile on your face and hide your true feelings...not always easy. And there are times when you may feel unhappy, and you don't want the person you're talking to, to see the sadness in your face.
However, there are times when it's the only thing that will do when you can't actually be with the person you are talking to. I realised how important this would be when I returned from England earlier this year after the birth of my grandson. I knew I wouldn't get to see him again for 5 months, and I was so sad at missing these important months of his life.
But, my daughter's laptop has been out of action all this time, and in spite of several attempts to get the webcam on her old pc up and running, it failed miserably.
Finally, on Friday her laptop returned...repaired...and suddenly I was able to see Billy at last. Oh how he has changed! He laughed and smiled at me and it really tugged at my heartstrings. Now whenever possible my daughter will give me a glimpse of him each day. I wonder if he actually knows it's me? I wonder if, when I see him in October, he will realise that I am the Grandma who talks to him through his mum's laptop screen?
It's not ideal of course, because I can't reach out to give him a cuddle...but it's so much better than not seeing him at all!
I'll leave you with a few recent photos of Billy..who just becomes more gorgeous every day.