Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Visiting Aunt V


Sunday afternoon we all visited husband’s Aunt V.  She’s 97 now and doesn’t get out much unless it’s to visit a doctor.

Yes she's really 97.

Yes she’s really 97.

She was excited to see my sister.

We talked a bit about her last stay in a rehab facility and how glad she is to be home again.  She mentioned that she had called me and I hadn’t called her back.

“Did you leave a message?” I asked.

“No” she said.  Doesn’t your phone tell you that I called?

“Only if I look,” I say…’and I rarely look.”

She thought that was funny.

She thought that was funny.

Husband gets out his smart phone and shows his Aunt.  “She has one just like this,” he says, “But she’s not very good at using it.”

“Look,” he says, “I can post photos of the family on my Facebook page.

Looking at family photos

Looking at family photos

Then he shows her photos of her parents on their wedding day, his sister as a baby, groups of people from years ago.  She recognizes many of them, hadn’t seen some of the pictures before, hadn’t seen others in many years.

At the end of the pictures she grins and said, “That thing is pretty good!”

She’s more in tune with technology than I am.  Guess I’ll have to check my phone more often.

The girls.

The girls.

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

20 thoughts on “Visiting Aunt V

  1. Aunt Vi is my role model.


  2. no, she doesn’t look 97 … what a great smile… loved this. Dawn? I’ve bookmarked your blog from somewhere … I … how do I know you… jeeeeez I got 27 years to go before I catch your Aunt and I can’t remember squat.

    Also loved your previous post … The Magic Bus… ? what fun


  3. This little story just made my night. I love the picture of her checking out the phone 🙂
    You don’t have to be obsessed with your phone/toy to get some use out of it…which is what my husband told me for years before I caved and got one! (It has a much better memory for lists than I have)


  4. Awwww, I love Aunt Vi! She’s a smart cookie. Maybe you should get her a phone, and she could teach you a thing or two.


  5. I adore Aunt V and her attitudes towards life. She definitely knows how to live life to fullness.


  6. Aunt Vi looks very perky. It’s good to see someone in a “facility” all dressed up for the day. She looks ready to meet the president — or the Queen of England!


    • She’s in her own apartment now. But when she was in rehab and could get around she did dress nicely to set herself apart for the ‘permanent’ residents. She was dressed to go to church the day we visited her.


  7. Some of these seniors really do click with technology, and it’s a beautiful thing when they do — helps ’em get connected, and stay connected, with loved ones. Aunt V is amazing!


  8. just proves the point that you are never too old to learn 🙂


  9. Hi Aunt V ! I’m sure you showed her pictures of Katie too on the phone. U must have forgot to mention that part 🙂


  10. Well at least she knows you are not ignoring her. It’s funny , most people don’t listen to their voice mails and just see the “missed calls”. And you say, did you get my message? No ,I just saw you called. Then you have to say it all over again. Lol


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