One of the bi-products of the pandemic has been for families to feel a greater desire to get together via web conferencing. It is such amazing technology to be able to sit in the comfort of our own home and visit with anyone anywhere in the world. And recently, I had the opportunity to do just that. A group of us decided to have a family gathering online.
Connecting with Others
We all dealt with the challenges of learning the technology to be in the same room at the same time. And once we were together, our personalities were brought to life through the fun of seeing each other, some for the first time in many, many years. We each went around the room telling a little about where we live and what we are doing. Our individuality shined as we described the ways our lives have unfolded. Some spoke about their children, some spoke about their political views, some spoke about their work, and no one spoke about their feelings. Instead, an extended period of time was spent sharing stories of illness and death due to the pandemic. People told stories about the very sad, sudden deaths of people they knew who were living with others who were not sick. One person shared a story of an animal adoption which included part of the story of the animal’s life.