It is wonderful to know that I am a mama and technology cannot replace a mama. I am a person who really likes gadgets. I have notebook computers, an e-reader, several tablets and a smart phone. I keep my calendar and telephone book synced on all my devices and on the internet, in “the cloud.” I am definitely pro technology and using it to make life better.
Recently, due to a major tragedy in our lives, I have been away from my husband and three of my children leaving my husband to fend for the family. Our family calendar is synced and a report is sent via email to my husband each Sunday to announce the upcoming events for the week. In addition he can access the calendar and telephone numbers via the internet at any time. In other words, everything is set up, no one has to remember anything, just take a look in the electronic book.
This morning while I received a telephone call from my husband telling me that my son has a scheduled band concert tonight. He needs black pants, a tie, a white button down shirt, black shoes and black socks to be properly outfitted for the concert. The event is in the family calendar. I had planned to go shopping for all these things over the weekend, but a hit and run accident involving my twins and I changed those plans. My son who seems to grow everyday now does not have the proper wardrobe.
My husband explained to him that due to our family emergency, the school would understand and let him perform in what he had available. No matter what Darren said, my son just would not believe it. So a call was made to the local Superwoman aka mama aka me. I dispatched an email to the school made the appropriate arrangements and my son shall perform as planned. When my son heard I was going to solve the problem, he was comforted and at ease. He did not need to wait for the outcome of the emails. In his world, if mama says she will handle it, the thing is handled.
E-mail can get sent to spam by mistake or deleted accidentally by the recipient. A mama will work and work and travel miles over rough terrain to make sure her baby is taken care of and has what he needs. A mama’s word is definite and sure. If mama says it,it will come to pass.
My family likes my technology and enjoys seeing me use it. However, in my absence, the technology has not replaced me. The television does not tell stories like a mama. The calendar in the sky does not get the concert pants and shirt from the store, ironed and ready like a mama. The fancy thermometer and blood pressure measuring device do not give you a hug and kiss and make the boo-boos better like a mama.
A mama knows how to pray and seek help from God and man to take care of her family. A mama will take the danger in order to keep her children safe from her. A mama will make possible impossible things for her babies. Technology has nothing on a good mama.
In sum, I am a mama and I cannot be replaced by technology.