When I moved to Silicon Valley from London in 2001, my mother told me she expected me to marry a nice American girl and never come back. Fortunately (depending on your point of view) she was right!
As a direct result, nowadays ‘Oma’ mostly only gets to see her grandson via webcam from 5,000 miles away. To her credit, she has still managed to teach him some Dutch songs, how to count to two, and how to clap his hands.
Unfortunately, the picture on the webcam is often so poor that my son can’t tell always tell who is doing the clapping or the singing. “No William, that’s Oma, not Uncle Ron.”
Families like mine are why we invented Cisco ūmi, our super-dooper HD home video conferencing technology. And judging by our “Cisco ūmi Brings YOU Home for the Holidays” contest, there are plenty of similar families who are very willing to tell their ‘separation’ story in order to get their hands on Cisco ūmi this holiday season!
Take Michael Long, for example, who entered our competition on Facebook:
“They say, “Home is where the heart is!” If this is true, then I have many homes. I currently live in Kissimmee, FL, but pieces of my heart are also in Pensacola, north Alabama, Nashville, Knoxville and with my mother in Jamestown, Tennessee! It would be a Christmas miracle if we had the Cisco umi so that I could see her whenever we were able.”
If you think you have a story more deserving than Michael’s you can enter (or simply vote for Michael) at the Cisco ūmi Brings YOU Home for the Holidays contest on Facebook. If you can’t wait, or you’re not the storytelling type, you can just go and buy Cisco ūmi here!