I have never been so grateful for my iPhone, Steve Jobs and Zoom
Before the lockdown, it seemed my family and I only got together once a year on the beach in Sarasota. In March when the lockdown hit, we all started meeting on zoom. And I mean all, from my immediate family, Mom, Dad, two brothers and my sister to my three nieces and yes, even my husband. All hunkering down in our own little bubbles. We came together for an hour every Sunday.
On the second Sunday, Dad called me 3 minutes before our meeting asking, “now, how do I get on?” Talking him through accessing zoom on his computer became a ritual every Sunday. Actually, I started calling him 10 minutes early each Sunday to make sure he and mom were ready to get on and see their kids and grandkids. Before I knew it, I was calling even earlier. It was just Dad and me on Zoom for 20-30 minutes before the rest of the family popped in.
He was so excited each weekend to tell me about what he’d found on YouTube or some great story he’d read on the internet that opened his world. He saw old episodes of Hee Haw and educational shows on Indian arrowheads (his passion). He was amazed. I was the lucky one to get this time together, just he and I.
Now that COVID was in full bloom and lockdown was happening, Dad couldn’t go to Best Buy to see the “Geek Squad” when he had computer or phone problems. I spent 4 days Zooming or Facetiming with my him, walking him through how to reset my mom’s iPhone password.
ME: Dad, do you see the grey wheel-looking icon?
DAD: (No answer)
ME: Dad, what do you see?
DAD: (No answer)
He was just staring at his screen, so I took a picture of my screen, circled in red what I wanted him to see, numbered the photo #1 and sent it to him.
DAD: Wow, how did you do that? Oh, you circled the app for me to click on, but it won’t open it.
ME: Dad? Are you clicking on the app or the picture I sent you?
As soon as we worked that out, I repeated this process sending him photos with circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one… oops. (Sorry Arlo, I got carried away.) Just circles and arrows. Finally, after a few hours each day for 4 days straight, we got my mom’s password changed.
He called one day, his wireless printer had stopped working. After hours of Facetiming, we were able to uninstall and re-install his printer software and it worked! He thought I was a genius. I told him that Steve Jobs made me smarter!
Three days later, August 12th, he fell and passed away the next day.
I am a lucky kid; I am so grateful that I got to spend the extra time with my Dad, working through technical things. We got through it together with love and patience.
I gotta go, I have to Facetime with my mom and walk her through turning off the flashlight on her iPhone!
Host of Julie’s Joint, Creator of awesome & Yummy PJS, FAR-West Board Member
Wife of singer/songwriter John Zipperer, Momma of Harley Jane the Puppy
In an attempt to keep us connected as we continue to find our way through these often stressful times, some in our extended community have been sharing their experiences, lessons learned and hope as they’ve dealt with Covid, lockdown, boredom, lack of inspiration, etc. We are all looking for ways to make lemonade out of the many lemons! This column will continue on a weekly basis and postings will be released at 10 AM Pacific every Monday, so watch for them! For guidelines and submission details, please contact Julie Zipperer at firstname.lastname@example.org or Marlynn Block at email@example.com. Submissions will be posted based on approval from the Lockdown Lemonade Committee.