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.

 


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Mother’s Day and Technology – A Mama Cannot Be Replaced — 16 Comments

  1. That is definitely comforting to know that where ever you are, you can still be a comfort to your children. They rely on you to move mountains and you do it well. Taking down notes on organizing my family with technology.

    Daniel and I have our phones to share each other’s calendars but I am the only one who puts in their information lol We’ll have to work on that.

    • If you figure out a way to get Daniel to put stuff in and follow it, please share your secret. Darren acknowledges that I have everything in the calendar, but he does not look at it! He just calls me for the info.

    • I use it, but cannot get my husband to use it even thought it comes to his email each week. If you get your husband to use it,please share the secret of how you got him to do it.

  2. Yay Band practice! As a fellow ex band geek – I remember the days of the black skirt and white shirt! So fun! And I also remember my mom doing the same thing for me. Getting things done. I love having the same spirit. Your a great mom, and getting things done is the name of the game 🙂

  3. Janeane, I’d like to first say I’m happy you all are on the mend, even though it will take some time. It is always great when technology can help us in our activities but you are right they cannot replace a Mama. I’m sure for your son it was also comforting for him to know you ‘saved the day’ as reassurance that you are safe and sound and still very much present in his daily experiences as he may have had occasion the ‘what-if’ question. I too, have observed a certain creativity and calm energy when the TV is off and my girls are not parked in front of a screen – the same probably could be said for me who has been sitting at my laptop since 8am this morning. Maybe I should take a timeout. Stay blessed.

  4. Sing it sister, you are so right!! I think technology can HELP a mama, but it can hurt too. Like I blogged about earlier this week, my kids are more like kids when I ban the tech (TV included). They grumble and then they flower 🙂

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