Second Life, Christmas, and family togetherness

Aimee Webber's little family project.There’s a heartwarming story from Aimee Weber up on the Second Life Insider about how her skills with Linden Lab‘s online world helped to bring her and her grandmother a little closer together.

In her story, she met her grandma (Yiayia in Greek families) again during their family’s Christmas celebration. Yiayia is always proud of her family’s accomplishments, though the gap separating being happy for your grandkids and understanding what your grandkids do can be rather large.

In this case, it’s the difference between knowing how to do 3D modelling and knowing how to use a computer. Aimee may have gotten into Wired magazine and Businessweek, but the full extent of what she actually does was lost on Yiayia (“Did you draw that?” she asks.).

Aimee showed her grandma one last thing that helped her understand: a virtual replica of the beach houses their family owned and stayed at many times throughout the years, which Aimee herself made.

The instant she saw the familiar rustic New England style homes, everything about what I do in Second Life snapped into place. She was ecstatic… As she wandered about, she instantly recognized the back porch area where she would enjoy her morning newspaper. Seeing the virtual children’s shoes and playing cards strewn about the floor, Yiayia mused: “Those kids never pick up after themselves!”

That’s a great way to bridge the technological gap and bring two people closer together. Definitely heartwarming, and also kinda neat. Merry Christmas, folks.

Aimee Webber's little family project.There’s a heartwarming story from Aimee Weber up on the Second Life Insider about how her skills with Linden Lab‘s online world helped to bring her and her grandmother a little closer together.

In her story, she met her grandma (Yiayia in Greek families) again during their family’s Christmas celebration. Yiayia is always proud of her family’s accomplishments, though the gap separating being happy for your grandkids and understanding what your grandkids do can be rather large.

In this case, it’s the difference between knowing how to do 3D modelling and knowing how to use a computer. Aimee may have gotten into Wired magazine and Businessweek, but the full extent of what she actually does was lost on Yiayia (“Did you draw that?” she asks.).

Aimee showed her grandma one last thing that helped her understand: a virtual replica of the beach houses their family owned and stayed at many times throughout the years, which Aimee herself made.

The instant she saw the familiar rustic New England style homes, everything about what I do in Second Life snapped into place. She was ecstatic… As she wandered about, she instantly recognized the back porch area where she would enjoy her morning newspaper. Seeing the virtual children’s shoes and playing cards strewn about the floor, Yiayia mused: “Those kids never pick up after themselves!”

That’s a great way to bridge the technological gap and bring two people closer together. Definitely heartwarming, and also kinda neat. Merry Christmas, folks.

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