My Dad Got an iPhone — and I Got a Headache

Barry Gold
Boomerangs
Published in
4 min readJun 22, 2021

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The grandchildren promised they’d help — guess how that worked out?

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As a Baby Boomer closing in on 65, I know how lucky I am to still have both my parents. They’re doing well physically and made it through the pandemic just fine.

My sister and I live close by, and at least one of us sees them almost every day. We provide more and more care for them; she handles marketing and meals, I do doctors and finances. (See Caring for an Elderly Parent at Home for a deeper dive on that topic). We’re both delighted to assist them, and neither of us considers it a burden.

Though there is one thing I could very much live without — helping my dad with his iPhone!

About a half dozen years ago, my father started saying he wanted to get one. My response was, “I don’t have time for you to have an iPhone.” No matter, his grandchildren stepped up and promised they’d be there to help him with any problems that might arise.

So he bought one.

He has three basic uses for his iPhone 6 Plus. He makes a few calls, exclusively to my sister or me. He also uses it to play Solitaire. And he takes photos… at least when he touches the shutter button instead of the Home button.

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Barry Gold
Boomerangs

Proud father, grateful son, appreciative brother, involved uncle, lucky boyfriend, loyal friend, happy writer.