Two days before Christmas and pretty much my whole family is complete except for my sister who is in LA. But since she’s left, I’ve been able to keep in touch with her through e-mail and Facebook and Skype. My best friends are in Madrid and Sydney. They may be miles and miles away but it’s as if they have never left. Distance and time never matters. We all adjust our schedules, regardless of the time difference so that we always have a chance to reconnect when we need each other.
Today, I brought my computer to my brother’s place so that he can Skype with my sister, and in the process, my sister-in-law and my brother-in-law also got to chat and we were there, talking for hours, together, like a family. It didn’t matter that it was morning/noon here and it was evening there. It didn’t matter that it was bright and sunny here and they were in sweaters and warm clothing there. It was as if we were really face-to-face and we were together.
And it is so fitting it’s a Sunday because that’s what Sunday should be about, right? That time of the week when one should just rest and be together with loved ones. We made jokes, talked about serious stuff, and just bonded the way my family always do.
This is what Christmas is about for me. I can forego the gifts and the lavish food (though they are always welcomed) but for me, whose family is so close and so tight-knit, I love being around my siblings and my parents. I’m the youngest in my family and they all have taken such good care of me and I’m always trying to catch up, trying to pay them back.
They loved me even during my dark days when I didn’t deserve it. And when the worst that could possibly happen to me happened, they were the first persons to come and pick me up again, dust me off, and helped me along the way.
Maybe it is safe to say that a lot of our global warming problems are caused by technology; how in our less educated, less knowledgeable times, we built things that did horrible things to our environment. Some of the things we created have been used to kill people. But here is something that I will always be thankful to technology for. That I’m able to talk to my sister who is so far away as if she was just here; right in front of me. In real time.
I truly wish that you all share this holiday season with your loved ones. Take advantage of the good things that technology provides for us — be with the ones who love you and the ones you love. That’s all that it is about in the end, really.
I can’t imagine what else it could be about?