Posted in Family, Faith and Fitness

Hey Google! Alexa! Siri!


I often wonder if the techie teams over at Amazon, Google and Apple spent as much time naming our Virtual Assistants as we did naming our children.

My husband and I pored over books when choosing names for our kids. We carefully considered family and saint names and naturally avoided names of students we had taught. Once we whittled down our lists, we focused on finding the seamless first and middle name combination. As a final test, I’d yell out the finalist’s names as if I was calling them for dinner. One of my favorites was “Soriano” the last name of a Yankee second baseman around the time I was expecting our daughter. So I’d holler loudly, “SORIANO! TIME TO EAT!” Nope. Too forced. It didn’t make the cut.

Finally, the decision was made, the books were closed and lists were filed away (just in case we needed them again). Then (as I suggest all new parents do) we made the unspoken promise to tell no one the name until the baby was in our arms. After all, there’s always going to be someone who hates the name, has the name, or knows someone with the name that is a complete dope.

When it came to keeping our kids’ names straight, I was great when they were toddlers. They grew up and I easily called their well-rehearsed names for dinner. Now, my mushy mom brain has thrown all the names in the Ninja Blender and I can’t match the name with the child. It’s like when I play the game of Memory with one of our kids who has 14 matches and I keep turning over the same two cards 1) because I forgot I had just turned them over and 2) because they are the closest to me and Memory requires a lot of stretching and reaching.

Then it happened. I was asking our Google Device to check the weather and inadvertently called it Siri. Then I asked Alexa for directions and she wasn’t even in the car and I am constantly asking Siri questions and I don’t even know where my phone is.

I remember the “look it up in the Encyclopedia days” and calling information for the weather. Now with Virtual Assistants, we barely have to move. The trick is to remember their names and how hard can that be? Hard. For me.

Bottom line. Whether it’s our children or a device, it’s tricky to keep them straight. In our home where the listen and response skills aren’t stellar, I’m just happy when anyone answers me.


You are not too young

Jeremiah was a young man when God tapped him on the shoulder. In response to God Jeremiah said. “I do not know how to speak: I am too young” (verse 6). But God gave Jeremiah the words and the ability to become a hero. When you need to do something difficult for the good of others, remember God’s response to Jeremiah: “Do not say, ‘I am too young’” (verse 7). God wants you to know that you too are capable of bringing about positive change in the world. God knows what you are able to do and say and be. Listen to God. Jer 1:4-10


Do 6 rounds of:

  • 10 Pushups
  • 15 V-Ups
  • 20 Jumping Air Squat or regular squats


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