|Gale Myra Pico with her new smartphone|
August 9, 2016
My sister Gale is a schizophrenic, and for the last 25 years she's been living
|Gale, Sam, and Gabe, absorbed in their|
phones, August 14 Patterson CA
Gale likes to read books in French, and her current favorite authors are Guy De Maupassant the Victor Hugo. I would order books for, but my French is poor and once I made a mistake and ordered a Classics Illustrated version by mistake. And the books would take a long time to arrive, were expensive, and Gale needed to keep a dictionary handy to look up new words. Then last year, she suddenly agreed to accept an iPad so she could use an e-book reader. Afterwards, the world of French literature was just a convenient click away, as were the definitions of words she didn't know.
And then she learned how to use the Maps app to get around better on public transportation. And then Pandora, to listen to Little Richard. And then to use email — when one of hers showed up on my inbox, I'd think of how hard it had been to phone her before, and picture a small, isolated word expanding dramatically.
|Gabe, Gale, ETa, and Sam, August 14 in Patterson|
She's already learned how to reply to texts using Messages, and to send new texts from Contacts, and to dial and answer the phone. And she really appreciates being able to listen to her music on cellular data, when wi-fi isn't available.
This Sunday Gale took her new phone with her to Patterson, near Modesto, when we visited
|Eta and Gale, August 14 in Patterson|
The 3 youngsters had a good time, appreciating each other's coolness, while of course spending much time talking on the phone and texting. But Gale was just as absorbed in her phone as they were in theirs, and everyone took time to help her. It was all good to see, and I didn't grouse about alien beings once.