Do It Myself Blog – Glenda Watson Hyatt

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Some Small Things Are the Most Meaningful

Filed under: Living with a disability — by at 3:03 pm on Sunday, August 7, 2011

While responding to a message in Facebook from a friend, a text chat message popped up:

“hi auntie glenda”

Auntie who? Oh, right, that’s me!

The message was from one of my young nieces now on Facebook. While we chatted about going camping, roasting marshmallows and shopping for makeup, I realized this was the first conversation I had had with my niece.

Every other time we’ve been together, which I can count on one hand with a couple of digits leftover (the tough part of having family spread out across Western Canada), a third person was needed to translate Glenda-ish for when I did say anything, which was typically little.

She and I now have a way to develop a connection and be “auntie and niece”. The most impressive aspect – and for which I am thankful – was she initiated the chat herself. A high water moment ensued while typing.

Auntie Glenda needs to brush up on near-teen conversation topics so as to no come across like she is playing Twenty Questions.

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Comment by Paul Merrill

August 7, 2011 @ 3:10 pm

Well done, Glenda!

I have two teenagers, and I’m still learning to speak Teen-ish.

Comment by Sarah

August 7, 2011 @ 8:08 pm

Yes! I find the same, for all the doom and gloom out there about how technology is taking us away from real connections, I find it opens many doors and offers so many opportunities for new relationships and friends! Distance, poverty and disabilities can be so limiting and creative technology can sometimes fly over these hurdles and give us new ways to feel included and be involved. 😀 I hope you have many more conversations with your niece!

Comment by Karen Blair

August 8, 2011 @ 7:56 am

Good for you Glenda for wanting that connection. From my experience with my two, teens like to have other people to talk to other than their parents, you know a different perspective. By the way (btw)”teenish” changes all the time so it is next to impossible to keep up with it but “never give up never surrender”

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