Filling the gaps excerpts continued…
We decided that Skype was the next step. For any of you that remain unsullied by or ignorant of technological advances, Skype allows people to communicate via computer by message (like instant messaging); by voice, if you have a microphone and/or by video if you have a camera.
With Skype we began instant messages, but still longed to see each other and talk ‘in person.’ Since at the time neither of us had built in cameras, I ran off to Staples to investigate the possibility of owning, or if I could even afford to purchase such high end equipment. My assumption being that a webcam must be something that would far exceed my budget.
“I’d like to price a camera for my computer so I can talk on Skype,” I plunged in, addressing the sales clerk, certain my naiveté was showing.
Come on Laura, it’s just a camera! I tried to calm myself, but I couldn’t seem to rein in the prancing, pawing gallop of my heart at the prospect of seeing Brendan for the first time. The sales associate didn’t seem to notice and led me to the webcam section, handed me a plastic package and said matter-of-factly, “This is the one I recommend for Skype. It runs $39.95.”
Did I hear him correctly? Not a hundred something, but a mere forty bucks? For the cost of dinner and a movie, I could carry on a video call with someone across the world? Amazing.
“Great. I’ll take it,” I heard myself say over the din of my galloping heart.
No teenaged school girl felt as exuberantly giddy as this forty-seven year old grandmother did at that moment. I’m even hesitant to say that I may have skipped part way to the check-out line. All I envisioned was getting to see my Aussie man in video person within hopefully the next 48 hours, and the grin could not be forced off my face.