How does a large family connect in a pandemic? Zoom, of course. I come from a large family. I have 12 older siblings which makes me the baby of the family and #13. Having nine of us on this Zoom call together was pretty amazing. The furthest sibling lives in Korea…proud VFW member and the closest lives in Marcellus, Michigan. He is the one in the middle…our oldest sibling and very fitting that he is in the center because he is the glue that holds our family together…the most giving and humble human I know. He is 17.5 years older than me and there were two sets of twins in between. Yep, I believe my mom was a saint.
Let me tell you that it has been quite a hoot getting these siblings operating Zoom. Our last call we literally spent the entire call coaching certain ones through the Zoom logistics. This time (since we had some 1 to 1 trainings for whom will remain nameless) we got to actually have conversations, chuckle that all nine of us wear glasses, and laugh at some childhood stories. Like the time our elderly neighbor who didn’t speak much English came over and sat down in our TV room. The gentleman, I believe was locked out of his house and was waiting on his family to arrive home. He sat down on a chair right on top of someone’s open face peanut butter & jelly sandwich. We all sat there in silence. Tonight, no one seemed to remember whose sandwich it was.
So in these strange and crazy times of social distancing, it is wonderful that we can connect via Zoom. From Michigan, Florida, Iowa, Minnesota, New York and even the date/time difference in Korea…..til’ we meet again. I think this pandemic has taught us a new trick that we can utilize any time we want now.