Take off to Canada

Now for a real post. I am sitting at the San Francisco airport waiting for my delayed flight to Toronto on Air Canada. Thankfully it is only delayed an hour, but will make for a long night as I will arrive after Midnight.

I am typing this on my new I-Pad using the free wi-fi at the airport. So much has changed with How we communicate over the years. Just 10 years ago we were happy to be able to have a cell phone to call someone to let them know that we had arrived at our destination. I think even further back to the days when we couldn’t even send an e-mail to let someone know when we arrived in a foreign country. We had to make an expensive overseas call or maybe send a postcard.

A couple places where my mind has wandered while thinking of Canada and communication. First, I intentionally titled the post “Off to Canada.” What do you think of when someone says they are going to Canada? I go to church with a guy from Canada and it always bugs him if I just say Canada and not a specific city. He wants to know specifically where I am going in his country. He grew up in the West, so going to Canada means Vancouver. It makes me think, what comes to mind when people post that they are going to California. Do I think of where I live or the more touristy places like Disney?

The second place my mind wandered was back to September 11, 2011. I landed in Canada that fateful day. Carrying a cell-phone that had International service so I could call home and work was such a blessing. Of course, it then took me three days to get home, but that is another story.

Another thing I have been thinking about is Summer Bible camp. I remember those last days of a week of camp where we would trade addresses so we could write to each other throughout the year. Many times one or two letters would be exchanged and then nothing till we would see each other at a rally or maybe even the next Summer. Today the kids are in constant communication and have support of their camp friends all year long. Of course, we adults take advantage of the advances in communication as well. I keep in touch with friends from all over the World on a regular basis Something that would have been impossible just a short time ago.

An example, is that I have been able to keep in touch with my friend Kadota through the years. He was a student in one of my classes years ago and I have spent time with his family several times when traveling to Japan. This year we spent several days together in Kyoto. It is nice to get to know your remote colleagues better with the communication tools that we have.

Kyoto Train Station - Kyoto Japan - Memories

Steven

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12 Responses to Take off to Canada

  1. Maridel Braman says:

    Have a safe trip and enjoy your stay in Canada – Your sister got home ok from London.

  2. Stacy Jobe says:

    Enjoy your connectivity (iPad) and your travels.

  3. Debbie Faling says:

    I see you decided on the IPad…stating the obvious 😀 I was talking to my mom about that….when my daughter went to Germany it was an awful feeling watching her walk through those gates never knowing when I would see her again, if I would see her, how would I get to her if something happened…so many things went through my mind…she was pregnant with her first baby and as a mom, I wanted to be there for her every step of the way…..it was almost a week before she was able to get to where a computer was to say she made it! I was in a panic the entire time…..then I thought back to the days when there wasn’t any kind of communication like this and when parents said goodbye to their kids traveling west, they knew that would be the last they heard of them for possibly years! How awful! I thank God every day for our many ways to communicate…especially Skype! Without it, I would not have the privilege of connecting with my grandkids! (yeah…I am the youngest gma ever!) 😀 So as frustrating as technology is sometimes, I am very grateful for it!

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