I was sitting on my own in the M4 Services drinking a coffee when an older gentleman, who I later found out was called Gordon, asked if he could join me. I just said “of course you can”. His friend had gone off to get their drinks. Almost immediately Gordon started to talk about how great microwaves were and how dependent he was on ready meals. I resisted the temptation to say anything. He went on to say that he missed many of the things that his wife had cooked but with a sad face admitted that he didn’t know how to cook.
By this stage I couldn’t contain myself any longer. Here was the type of person who could really benefit from the MyInheritedKitchen website, in fact it was designed for people like him. I talked to Gordon about the simple timed recipes, the how much guides and lots of other features of the not for profit site. Gordon liked what he heard and smiled. Then his face changed to a more serious look and he said “is this in a book or in one of those website things? – I don’t understand websites.” Well he was in his early 80’s so perhaps that’s not too surprising.
Gordon’s friend then returned with their drinks and sat down. We told him about the website too. Then Gordon asked the key question. “Can you just print something from the website?” “Of course you can” I said. Between the three of us we worked out that all Gordon needed to do was to give my card with the website address on to a friend or relative who understood how to use a computer and they could print off any pages that Gordon might find helpful.
As I left Gordon and his friend to enjoy their coffees they were smiling and talking about how they could get their grandchildren to show them things on www.myinheritedkitchen.co.uk and print off interesting pages for them. What a great way to link young and old.
Do you know anyone like Gordon who you, or your children, could help in a similar way?