April 16, 2010

Blackberry, Blueberry, One Of Those Berries


"Blackberry, Blueberry, one of those berries." That's a quote from my 84 year old Mom. She was talking about one of her friend's son who was trying to get one of his co-workers to get away from his BlackBerry once in a while. Some type of BlackBerry intervention. Some people are so attached to their communications tools they rarely let go. To the point of silliness.

My Mom loves her own communications tools. She still uses her electronic word processor for her typed letters to friends and family. She literally sends letters to all the family each week. What my Mom spends on postage stamps has probably helped the Post Office keep Saturday delivery a little bit longer. Even after 14 years at Microsoft I was unable to get her to use a personal computer. I was able to get fortune 500 companies to standardize on Microsoft technology, but not my Mom.

"I do NOT want a computer" she says "I like getting letters in the mailbox." Stop, I know what you are thinking. Wouldn't using a PC or Mac make that even simpler? Been there done that conversation. ; ) She is in her comfort zone and nothing is going to change it.

Of course we all enjoy getting a letter in the mail box. Isn't it nice to get a hand written note, birthday card or letter in "snail mail"?

We are all so tied up with how many friends we have on Facebook, how many connections we have on LinkedIn, how many re-tweets we can do in one day. Wouldn't it be nice to just sit back, relax, and read a personal letter you receive in the mail?

My mom loves Communication. She loves to get letters from family and friends. And phone calls too. "Call your mother, she worries about you." Just like her friend's son's coworker who will not give up his BlackBerry, my mom will not give up her word processor and letters in the mailbox.

Sounds kind of nice doesn't it?

- John


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