While still living in Cape Town, I went to see a truly inspirational lady, Rita (88). With a glimmering sparkle in her eyes, she asked me questions about technology, emails and the internet. After sharing a few giggles, Rita was convinced that she had to be part of this new world. Her enthusiasm was indescribable. As we chatted, we both, got more and more excited about her new journey.
I placed her order for the tablet on her behalf. Everyone was excited about Rita’s new adventure (including the staff at the store) and we were all counting down the days she would receive her tablet. A few days later, I received the tablet-ready call and without any hesitation, I went to collect it.
On route to Rita, I could not stop thinking about all the excitement Rita must have been feeling. Earlier that week Rita told me, she had written her sister (in the UK) a letter that ended with: “this will be my last handwritten letter… the next one will be digital!” Rita could finally communicate with her friends and family anywhere in the world, at any time, for the first time ever – digitally.
As I walked into Rita’s apartment, I was greeted with big eyes filled with excitement. She was clutching her chair, swaying side to side, little jumps of excitement, trying to spot her new toy. I immediately ran over and hand her a little gift bag. I can’t even begin to describe that moment of excitement. I am so blessed to have been part of it.
We took out the Tablet, unboxed it and I showed her where to switch it on. As soon as the welcome message and lights appeared, giggles of excitement followed. I showed her the way around tablet by letting her do the scrolling, swiping and touch. She was amazed by every aspect of this piece of technology, every second.
She was mesmerized by the online books I had downloaded and was awestruck when she swipe her finger across the screen to see a page turn, digitally. When she saw her digital copy of the “Pride and Prejudice”, she held her tablet close to her heart and went on to tell me about the book and how she felt about it. The time I spent with Rita that afternoon, was magical.
I could not have thought of a better way of celebrating the week of “Youth Day” with anyone else than with a truly golden soul, who’s sense was wonder, was everything youthful and inspirational.