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In fact, as I write this piece, my dad is texting me to say he likes the new rug that I just bought, and maybe he’ll send me a painting of theirs that I’ve been eyeing for our apartment if they decide they don’t need it for their new house.
My family and I are extremely close, despite the fact that they live in Florida and I now live in New York — approximately 1,022 miles away. I talk to my parents at least three times a week on the phone, and nearly every day via text.
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As someone who constantly struggles with homesickness and missing my parents, I can honestly say that this gadget has been the single most helpful thing in dealing with the distance. When you’re too tired to call or text or start a new conversation at the end of the night but still want to feel some sense of connection with family (or a long distance partner), this lamp is the perfect gift to give yourself and others.
When you purchase a set, you can send one to a friend or family member and keep one for yourself. To set them up, you have to create an online account and connect the devices to one another via their serial numbers, then connect them to your WiFi. To use them, all you have to do is tap the top of your lamp, and the other half of the pair will light up in the other person’s home in a cycle of colors. You can even connect more than two, and assign your family members specific colors so you know exactly who’s tapping the lamp.
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This long-distance touch lamp makes the perfect Mother’s Day gift — here’s how it keeps my family connected from thousands of miles away This long-distance touch lamp makes the perfect Mother’s Day gift — here’s how it keeps my family connected from thousands of miles away
The two threw around a bunch of names but Kenton finally hit on… something: filial is a Latin a word about family. Filum is a Latin word about connection. Combine these two, add a liberal dose of imagination and you have Filimin — not to mention a nice little Latin lesson!
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We like the name Filimin. It has a nice ring to it. And it sounds an awful lot like the word filament, the magical thread inside those vintage light bulbs which give off that signature warm glow. But if you prefer to call your lights “friendship lamps” or “long distance lamps,” we are OK with that. All that matters to us is that those lights help you feel connected with the ones you love.
But there are some days when I don’t feel like talking or texting — when the exhaustion of life in NYC has crept in and made itself at home, or when I have events after work that preclude me from an evening FaceTime session. When that’s the case, my family and I always know we can rely on our long-distance touch lamps to say hi to each other, without actually saying anything.
These long-distance touch lamps were the greatest gift I ever gave my parents (specifically my mom, for her birthday). I use them to let her know that I’m finally home after a long night, or that I’m thinking about them and too tired to call. They use it to say hi to me and my partner, and let us know they miss us.
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Sending him off to school was hard, yet he’s exactly where he should be. Our hearts hurt just a little. We’re thinking of him and we want him to know…
But when John’s friend Kenton saw those first lights, he was excited. “These will make a difference for other families as well. Are you going to sell them? What are you going to name them?”
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“Filimin? What’s a Filimin?” Just a couple of years ago it was just a made-up word. A confused Google would ask “did you mean Filming?” The original lights that John and his wife Vanessa made for his family had no name at all.
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My parents and I live just over 1,000 miles away from each other, which is hard on all of us. I got a pair of Filimin long-distance touch lamps ($150) to help us stay connected on days when we’re too busy or tired to call or text.
When you tap the top, both pairs will light up in the same color — no matter how far you are. It’s a small but sweet way to send love to each other without having to pick up the phone. Years later, it’s still my mom’s favorite gift she’s ever received.
This long-distance touch lamp makes the perfect Mother’s Day gift — here’s how it keeps my family connected from thousands of miles away
Say “hi’ to Hayley, our master base assembler. Hayley assembles every Filimin base we make; if you own a Filimin there’s a good chance Hayley signed her name on the bottom. But when Hayley isn’t assembling bases or blowing bubbles during her break, she’s still seems to have Filimin on the brain. Isn’t her cross-stitch of a Filimin beautiful?