Thanks for popping in. Went over to my parents first thing this morning with the first big food delivery for them in weeks. It was great to sit and talk with them. Haven’t seen them since before Christmas, what with the new Covid strain, the scare at work and and and ….
But both Mum and Dad have had both jabs now, and it’s been nearly 3 weeks since the second one. Also, their fridge was pretty empty, so it was time to refill the cupboards and catch up with my two oldest, dearest friends in the world.
I took Dad his Christmas present, a lovely new Alexa. Setting that up for him was funny. Trying to establish voice recognition was a scream. It was like a bad game of Simon Says, except Alexa couldn’t figure out which of us was Simon!
I was trying to get Dad to say things to Alexa, so she would recognise his voice instead of mine. I couldn’t say “Alexa” at the beginning, because then she just responded to me. So I was trying to get Dad to give a command, but add Alexa. It went like this…
Barb… “Dad, say What’s the weather like in Kent, but add – and then I whispered “ Alexa at the beginning ”
Dad.. whispering…“Alexa, what’s the weather like in Kent?”
Nothing. Too quiet.
Barb “Say it a bit louder”
Dad “WHAT’S THE WEATHER LIKE IN KENT?”
Barb “Don’t forget to say Alexa at the beginning”
Alexa “Sorry, I didn‘t quite catch that”
Dad “What’s the weather like in Kent Alexa?”
Alexa, “Sorry, I didn’t quite catch that”
At which point all three of us rolled up laughing. Yeah. Simon Says…
Finally, Dad nailed it!
Dad “Alexa, what’s the weather like in Kent ?”
Alexa “The weather in Kent UK is cold and overcast”
Dad “Yeah, I know.”
Hours of fun.
In the meantime Dave the sheep farmer has cooked a fabulous vegetarian meal, which I shall go share with him.
Lots of little things underpin our lives, make our lives sweeter, more palatable. Little random acts of kindness, little generous gestures, little chats, little laughs and smiles and waves. Mixed with a goodly dose of love and understanding, plus a huge splash of empathy. All those little things make up a greater, positive whole.
At first glance, it was just a crazy, lovely Sunday, with people I love. Look a little closer, and it was jam packed with goodness.
And when both Mum and Dad each came towards me with arms outstretched for a big hug and a kiss, my heart sang.
Love and hugs,