At our house, Skype also is a noun, an adjective and an adverb.

n. Is Dad on Skype?
v. Can we Skype Daddy now?
adj. We have a very Skypey father.
adv. Dad, you look Skyped today.

That’s because many days lately, including a few birthdays and major holidays, our beloved father figure has been joining us via the wonderful free Internet teleconferencing service known as Skype.

He attended our son’s birthday present opening ceremony while in China. And today, he helped me cook the turkey even though he was in Switzerland.

In case you’re wondering, it wasn’t Thanksgiving in Switzerland. So when 30 Europeans planned a meeting in late November and needed one American to attend, they didn’t consider the significance of Nov. 27. Anyway, I’ve dealt with my anger. I’ve chosen forgiveness. The bitterness is almost gone, and I’m ready to joke about it. Moving on.

Carrying my husband around on the laptop all day does create lots of good family jokes. We carry him through the house, screen facing outward so he can greet each family member. We offer to put a blanket around the computer to keep him warm while we go outside.

We torture him by asking if he thinks the turkey smells good. We offer to let him taste the pumpkin pie. And, of course, when we set him down and forget about him for 15 minutes, we have to move the mouse to wake him up.

Only at our house, do you hear phrases like, “Could you move the screen down a little bit, I can’t see?” Or, “Hey! Can someone carry me into the dining room!”

But in the end, the virtual member of our family is something to be thankful for. A Skype husband is better than one who can’t attend Thanksgiving at all. Besides, he looks really Skypey on my Macbook.

And, yes, dear, we still Skype you!

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