Early this morning my husband was on his computer before leaving for work and found an item on Amazon that he thought one of our boys might like for Christmas. As is usually the case, it was a piece of sports equipment. He was trying to get into the office early today, so he was doing all of this while I was still asleep. Instead of waking me (it was somewhat pricey, so wanted to make sure I agreed it was a good gift before purchasing it), he simply sent me an email with the link and an explaination.
I appreciate that he let me sleep. Husbands, take note- serious brownie points available here.
Later in the morning I was checking my phone while taking the dog out and saw his email. I decided just to call him since the kids weren't in earshot, and while on the phone with him placed the order. (FYI- my son will love it!) After getting off the phone with him, I realized how simple and yet how amazing it was that I was able to do what we just did.
From one device that fits in my pocket I was able to simultaneously
- be on the phone with my husband
- put him on speaker so I could see the screen
- open my email
- click on the link and open up Amazon
- purchase the item
- note that I had recieved a confirmation email of the order
- ALL WHILE WALKING THE DOG
We even got free shipping.
My husband and I then simply finished our conversation and I got the kids to school like it was no big deal. How amazing is it that this sort of experience has become 'no big deal'!? Recently my mom and I have chatted about my great-grandmother and the life they lived in the mountains of southwestern Virgina. What would she say about all of that? It's amazing to think how far have we come from her days of Christmas shopping to today.
While shopping from Amazon from my phone seems commonplace today, I hope I never take it for granted. My great-grandmother kept canned goods in her spring house, a low-ceilinged structure built over the spring that ran through their property that not only kept the water clean of leaves and debris but also stayed cool over the water. I wonder if she stopped and marveled over her first electric refrigerator the same way I am marveling over the purchase I made this morning.
I also wonder what my kids will find absolutely amazing years from now.
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