Thank you, Steve
This morning, I woke up at 6:30am to the gentle sounds of Baby stirring. It’s the second night of her sleeping through, so I didn’t feel my normally exhausted self as I trundled down the stairs to breastfeed her.
I disentangled her from her gro-bag, changed her nappy and then sat down to give her Right Breasty Dumpling. Next, as I have done for every morning for the past 136 days, I took out my iPhone and caught up on what was going on in the world.
Unfortunately, what was going on was that the inventor of the iPhone, Steve Jobs, had passed away after his fight with Pancreatic Cancer.
This is the second time that this disease has taken somebody away who has touched my life profoundly, the first being Patrick Swayze who died in 2009. I’m sure this wasn’t Jobs’ main intention, but I think tech-friendly breastfeeding mothers of the world owe this man a huge debt of gratitude. My feeding station consists of a comfy chair, a laptop table, a bottle of water, a muslin, and the iPad that James bought me instead of an eternity ring (who said diamonds are a girl’s best friend? I’d rather have an Apple product).
In the beginning of motherhood, I’d spend many a tired night in a darkened room with Baby latched on, staring at the glow of my iPhone, reading updates on Twitter, Facebook and various news sites. During the day, I’d watch documentaries on my iPad via BBC iPlayer. It helped me feel less isolated from the rest of the world as a new mom.
I also feel another attachment to Steve Jobs. He’s the King of the Entrepreneurs. I’ve won Entrepreneur of the Year twice now, not that I’m going to invent an i-product, but I’m really keen to have a positive effect on the photography industry and also the world of families. Raising Baby has given me a lot of time to think and come up with ideas. Now I just need to make them happen. Seeing what Steve Jobs achieved is an inspiration to me and I thank him for that.
I remember my first encounter with an Apple product. I was in seventh grade (about 12 years old). One of the kids in my class brought their Macintosh in for show’n’tell. Fifteen years later, I bought my first Apple desktop computer. The experience of unwrapping it made it worth the price tag. It felt like all my Christmases had come at once. When I achieved my first big sale at my company in 2007, I purchased all new Apple computers for everyone in my business. I don’t remember when I got my first iPhone, but it’s become so integral to the life I lead, with the question of “Should we upgrade to iPhone 4s?” being a serious topic of discussion around our dinner table just last night.
What other great contributions could he have made if he lived? We’ll never know. In both Steve and Patrick’s memory and to help fight the disease that took them both from the world, I’m going to make a donation to Pancreatic Cancer UK today. Please join me.