Both of Mina’s grandparents live out of state and out of the country. We use the usual, Skype and the Ojo video phone, to keep in touch. Last summer, when I was in Turkey, I had the forethought to buy two each of a few Turkish books–one to stay in Turkey and one to come back with us. The books were divided up between Mina’s grandmother and two aunts, so that each would have a book or two at their house to read to Mina when we called. I thought that one day, Mina and her grandmother or aunts could read to each other over the Internet and really be able to have the experience of sharing a book, no matter how far away they were.
Well, it finally happened! Mina went to her bookshelf and picked out a book that my mother-in-law had and they both sat down to read “together”. They were able to point out things on the pages, count bears, look at the balloon colors, all together. My idea worked! It maybe a little expensive, but it really helps to bridge the distance and helps everyone not feel so far away. ~Elif