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My 90 year old grandma wants a kobo and a playbook


Over the weekend, we were all hanging out at my parents’ house to celebrate my dad’s birthday. My grandma had just woken up from her nap so she was just sitting quietly at the dinner table, not really in tune with all the excitement.

Then my dad showed her his birthday gift: a kobo touch e-reader. When he told her that he’d be able to store thousands of ebooks on this little device, she suddenly became alert. That small information woke her up.

My grandma loves to read so she immediately wanted to check it out. My dad proceeded to show her some of the ebooks that he just loaded to his kobo, after which she announced that she wanted one. She told us (yes, told, not asked) to buy her one.

At first we thought that perhaps she was just pulling our legs, but after repeatedly telling us, we concluded that she was indeed serious.

Then my sister took out her blackberry playbook and said, “Look at this one. It has a kobo too but this is more like a little computer.”


The look on my grandma’s face was priceless. Highly curious, she asked us to show her how this little computer works.

Then she announced that she wanted one. Oh boy. What have we started?

This made me realize though that sometimes we take technology for granted. It has evolved so much that we rely heavily on it and assume that everyone is up-to-date with it. The gen Ys grew up with it and probably started learning it at the wee age of 0. Not having a computer is a foreign concept to the gen Ys. We forget that there are people like my grandma, who’s “a little bit” older and is completely out of touch with technology.

My grandma received a phone call the other day from Bell, offering her some Internet service. She politely declined. But you know how these telemarketers are. They’re persistent. So this guy on the phone asked her why she declined the offer. She responded that she didn’t have a computer. He was flabbergasted. No computer? Really? Is that possible?

Then he asked why she didn’t have a computer. She answered, “Do you know how old I am? I’m 90.” Well, that shut him up. He was literally speechless.

This made me wonder though. Should my grandma have a computer? Should she learn how to use one now? Is she missing anything important by not owning one? I honestly don’t know. On the one hand, she’s already 90. On the other hand, she’s younger than some 60 year olds I know.

For now, I think we’ll start her off with a kobo. See how that goes.

We’re very blessed to have a pretty cool grandma like her. Like people always say…you’re as young as you feel. And she’s definitely still young…in her heart and ours.


When I went to Moksha yesterday, the teacher told us to set our intention for our practice. What do we want out of it?

I thought this was such a wonderful idea. But it caught me by surprise. What did I want from it? To get through the class alive in one piece and not fall flat on my face? Well yes, that might be what I wanted, but all kidding aside, setting our intention for our practice has a much deeper purpose.

During the practice, I directed my energy to my intention, which, for that particular moment, was to experience a calmness that my hectic days seem to lack. When the class ended and I was in my favourite pose, savasana, I felt a renewed energy that I haven’t felt, even though I have been practicing weekly for the past month and a half.

I wonder if it had anything to do with setting an intention for the practice and focusing my energy on it? Or if it was simply because I went to a different studio?

In any case, I believe that intentions can go a long way. The mind is powerful and how and what we think can affect our days and essentially, our entire life. Setting an intention doesn’t have to be confined to yoga classes.

So whether it’s about getting through a hot yoga class without falling, or getting through rush hour traffic without irritation, or getting through the day with contagious enthusiasm, I’m going to consciously remember to set my intention for the day. What do I want out of my day? How do I envision it to be?

And perhaps the amazing energy I felt during savasana could be extended beyond the Moksha studio.

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