The request came out of nowhere.. “I want an Alexa!”
I was shocked.
My 88 year old mom has been tech-phobic for a very long time. Couple that with her vision problems and let’s just say I was thrilled with her sudden interest- but concerned. I flashed back to the year we bought her and her husband a super-sized TV remote because they were having such struggles with the small one.
Heaven knows what went wrong, but my son (visiting from college) was summarily summoned back to their house within an hour of us leaving and under a blistering barrage of swear words forced to “put things back the way they were damn it!” We were warned never to mess with their TV again. The shoe-box lid sized remote was immediately, ceremonially, dramatically dumped in the trash.
My poor son, it wasn’t even his idea.. he’s probably still mad at me.
The Alexa landed on mom’s doorstep within a day of ordering it and my husband (brave soul) set it up in her kitchen and gave her a tutorial.
Let me just say, it has changed her life.
She checks the weather, listens to her devotions and the old country music stars she loved as a child. She can call up her favorite hymns, get the headlines and pick her favorite holiday carols. She can ask what time it is, how to spell a word and command Alexa to “TURN IT DOWN..” (damn it!)
If you have an elderly friend or relative and you’re searching for a gift, I heartily recommend the Alexa!
It truly could change their life..
but then again, it could end up in the trash.