There was no 5:30 a.m. alarm this morning. There was no driving one child to the Metro station on the East side of Miami then rushing home to drive the other to the West side of Miami.
My daughter walked into the kitchen this morning with a smile on her face. It was around 9 a.m. and she said she had to check in online with her teacher. I asked if she wanted french toast and made her a plate with syrup, powdered sugar, and blueberries.
Our dog sat next to my daughter on our kitchen floor and watched as her classmates and teacher popped onto the screen. They shared their projects, laughed, and admired each other’s pets.
I watched from afar and felt the same excitement of seeing her teacher welcome them to the class. The teacher didn’t lecture. She just chatted with them and made them feel comfortable, knowing that everyone was dealing with their own fears concerning the Coronavirus.
I hope we all share how we’re dealing with this difficult time. I know that I feel isolated and sometimes wake up at around 3 a.m. wondering who else has died because of this virus. I worry about my mother and father who are more vulnerable to the virus. I think about the people who have already died and the doctors and nurses dealing with such an overwhelming and dangerous situation.
However, most of the time I feel grateful for technology, WordPress, and our ability to communicate virtually. Our connection to each other depends on it. It’s incredible that my daughter was able to see her teacher and classmates this morning.
As an educator, I’ve been on both sides of the argument when dealing with the effects of technology on our mindset. So, as we move forward, I can honestly say that the Internet feels like the bright light at the end of the tunnel.
How do you feel about it? How has your world changed?