Have a Great Summer! Call Me

I love summer. I am an 80s/90s child, so I remember the days of signing yearbooks at the end of the year with “Have a great summer! Call me.” (Yes, on a landline.) Also, of leaving the house with friends on summer mornings, and my parents having no idea where I was until I returned home for dinner.

The memories of our childhood summers never really leaves us, and we miss those careless, and seemingly endless, summer days of our youth. I still marvel at how silly we all were, dreaming of the time when we would finally be adults and in charge of our lives. Such silly kids thinking life would be easier and better once we were in charge. Adulting is definitely not all it’s cracked up to be, and so many times I think back on summer days I spent at the pool and catching crawdads in the creek.

I got my first cell phone at 16. My mom felt better that she had a way to contact me when I was driving, and I could call for help if necessary. Both outcomes of having a cell phone were good in their own way, so it’s finding that middle ground that is so important.

You have to adapt with the times and to technology, but remain rooted in simpler times. I’m all for technology making life easier and more efficient. I think if you don’t at least try to embrace it, this world leaves you behind.

Looking ahead, the next technology leap seems to be AI. There are proponents of it and all it can do for society. And, there are those who’ve helped create it and now are ringing the downfall-of-society warning bells. Honestly, I am not intelligent enough in this area to know the truth, but I believe it is somewhere, like most things, in the middle.

I also believe there is nothing more important than human connections. I love email and sending off replies to answer questions while I work on other things. Nevertheless, there is nothing more
important than picking up the phone to discuss a problem or understand something a little quicker or better.

After all, you cannot tell a person’s tone in an email and intent can get lost in translation. It’s amazing what happens when you pick up the phone to talk to someone and realize they are not angry at you, but rather the situation. Life is complicated enough, trying to explain things or articulate feelings over an email makes things that much harder. That is why when you call NASVI, you are greeted by a human who connects you to the person you need.

So, if you have a moment and can call instead of email us, please feel free to do so. We’re here to talk. The better connection we have, the better we can assist you and help quickly if you’re in a jam.

Especially now when we’re all grown up, I wish you an amazing summer and hope you find a few carefree moments this summer. Enjoy the long days and warm nights and spending time with friends and family. If there is one thing I’ve learned over the last year, life is short so enjoy the time you have with the ones you love.

As always, thank you for your support. It truly means the world to me and all the NASVI family. Have a great summer! Call us.

Headshot of Andrea Tanis, NASVI Vice President.