Technology connects us

Published 6:43 pm Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The Whipple family has joined the late 20th century.

Not all of us are on Facebook. Not all of us check e-mail every day.

But everyone has learned how to send text messages.

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As my brother likes to say, “We’re Whipples. If you need us, we’ll be behind the times.”

In recent days, we’ve used group text messages to share photos — my nephew earned a wrestling medal earlier this month. We’ve shared news — it snowed in Louisville, Ky., Monday night. And we’ve shared milestones — my daddy became Catholic Sunday, 49 years after he married my mom and after 48 years of helping to raise his children in the church. I couldn’t attend his confirmation, but I saw photos and even a video right after it happened.

We’re a small family, but we’re still spread out around the country.

And during holidays like this — when we won’t all be together — it’s nice to know that a little technology can keep us connected.

One day we might even go wild and learn to Skype.


Kerry Whipple Bean is publisher of The Brewton Standard. She can be reached at 867-4876 or by email at