I shared a party line with 21 other families and it was an infrequent occurrence to place a long-distance call or receive one without a great deal of effort. My telephone number was Mount Stewart 106 ring 14.

This morning I exchanged messenger communication with a friend in Mumbai, sent a photograph to a friend in St. John New Brunswick, answered a text message to a friend and Charlottetown and commenced a FaceTime session with my daughter in Australia.

This was done while having my morning coffee and watching the birds enjoy their breakfast at the feeder.

My dad passed away in 1997 at the age of 79. I wonder if the technology changes that he saw where as significant as the ones that we have seen in the last 40 years.