My New iPhone

Recently, my brother asked my how I liked my new iPhone 6. I like it but I don’t feel particularly enthusiastic about it. At this point smart phones are mainstream a without any major new features that significantly affect how I use my cell phone, everything is a subtle to me improvement.

Then this morning it hit me how I miss Matt telling me about new technology. He did love checking out the latest and greatest technologies. It was part of his job for a long time and he bought each new Apple mobile product as it came out. I will never forget the day he very carefully, clearly and completely explained to me how GSM and WCDMA cell phone technology works. I could not repeat the explanation to anyone but I remember Matt. These are technologies that developed in our life time.

With the absence of Matt keeping me up to date on the latest technology comes the realization just how much we human beings get out of communication. It’s not just that I’m missing out on delighting in the advancements of my cell phone. I miss all the gentle mannerisms, words,  tones, and expressions of Matt talking about something he was passionate about.



I discovered this video one day when I was going through the box of Matt’s stuff from work. (It was a small box and I had just left it under a table in the office for a long time.) It was on a nano that Matt had purchased at the mall, apparently with the kids because he proceeded to sit them down with a smoothie and try it out. At first, I thought I must not have been there, but now I think I was just doing my own shopping. So this video from September 2009 is quite a treasure found.

I was going to write about how Matt purchased every Apple Nano ever made. About how he often purchased them for work for research purposes and then put them back together to use at home. I think he just wanted to hold the product in his hand because he had the vision for it before it ever existed even though he wasn’t the one who got to see it through.

Then I started thinking about Matt sitting down with the kids with a smoothie and taking a video of them and talking to them and how this video is just so Matt as a dad. I love seeing him and the kids in a moment where it is just them.