Friday, March 27, 2020

Virtually Together

Worldwide humanity is in isolation...together.

I'm glad to be holed up here in Switzerland with my husband, Joe and younger daughter, Maureen. But unfortunately part of my family, my older daughter, Colleen, is many miles and time zones away in San Diego, CA.








Colleen and her best bud, Loki.













Since we can't physically be together, technology has become our bridge during this challenging time.

Thank goodness for WhatsApp for daily texts, calls and shared memes. And thank goodness to Zoom for a long distance Game Night!

What it looked like on her side...
...to what it looked like on ours.
It was like having Colleen 'sitting' on the couch with us!

We played AKA: Also Known As, the only game where my weird brain feature of remembering things a little adjacent to what they are comes in handy! I was actually good at this game and we had a lot of laughs playing.

It is awful that we are all living in this new reality. But at the same time, super cool that there is technology to help us ease the pain of being apart from our loved ones.

Another side effect of this new reality is the distancing of friendships. Maureen and her friends had a novel solution for throwing a birthday party for one of their friends...doing it on the platform, Discord. The guests all dressed up and came together on the internet.

Doesn't she look gorgeous?
Waiting for the party to begin...
...and Mom, you can leave now.









The technology was a little persnickety, but briefly some teens in Switzerland were able to get dressed up and hang out celebrating a friend's birthday...virtually together.

I'm not thrilled with this current reality, but I am thankful for the internet and the many ways humans are adapting to connect the near with the far.

Speaking of current reality, as of this writing "Switzerland has a higher infection rate than Italy" according to the local newspaper, 20 Minuten. That is some scary news. We are all OK, but we take great care when we leave the house to grocery shop or walk the dog or when Joe has to go into the office a few days a week.

Today's poem is my vision for how society is weathering our new reality:

weaving the new 
fabric of society
interwebs 
©2020, Bridget Magee. All Rights Reserved.

Welcome Poetry Friday community! 
is hosting the poetry round up. Thank you, Tabatha!



27 comments:

  1. Yes to the weaving metaphor. Glad you are OK. This was a beautiful check-in. Take care.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Linda, for stopping by and sharing my world. I'm glad to have you and the PF community with me. :)

      Delete
  2. I'm glad you are staying connected and feeling well.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Liz! I'm glad technology allows for such easy connection when the people we love are on the other side of the world. So glad to check in with you once a week again. :)

      Delete
  3. I think by the end of this, creative socializing is going to be a unique talent of our kids' generation! So glad you've been posting in PF again, Bridget. I've missed your voice.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Michelle, I've missed connecting with my PF peeps. And yes, our kids can teach a thing or two!

      Delete
  4. I love hearing all about your connecting, Bridget, and how nice for Maureen & that birthday celebrations. Glad you are well, & wishing the best to you in ALL the family. Yes, a "new fabric of society" is great for all of us. I remember my mom saying that sometimes they didn't hear from a family member overseas in WWII for months.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Thank you, Linda! I can't imagine being away from my daughter if this technology didn't exist. I wish you and yours continued safety and health. :)

    ReplyDelete
  6. Your poem is spot-on. Stay safe!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Mary Lee! Your comment is spot-on for making me feel good. Thank you. :)

      Delete
  7. Nice to hear about ways you and your family are staying connected. Imagine if we had to go through this pandemic without the internet! It's cool that young people like Maureen, who are quite savvy about apps and the web, etc., are finding creative ways to not only communicate but celebrate. Stay safe and be well!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Jama!It would be unimaginable to do this without technology. We are truly privileged. I am thankful for technology and community more than ever. :)

      Delete
  8. Always interesting to see how others are making technology work for them. Thanks, Bridget. Take care...

    ReplyDelete
  9. I like the idea of weaving our communities together. I'm seeing some creative use of technology (and workarounds to limited Internet) in my house, including a successful Dungeons and Dragons quest this afternoon. Stay safe and well.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. We had a marathon D&D session here last week as well, Kay! The young people are so resilient, thank goodness. All the best to you and yours. :)

      Delete
  10. We Zoomed with Josh and Koryn for the first time last weekend, and they are just 20 miles away. Amazing that we can share family time near and far virtually and it does still feel like we are connecting in a somewhat ‘real’ way.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I love that, Jeanette! 20 miles or 2000 miles, apart is apart and it is hard. I'm glad you all got to spend time 'together'. Miss you and Mark. :)

      Delete
  11. Colleen, if you are reading this, know that I am thinking of you as your birthday is nearly a week away. :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'll alert her, Jeanette, and give you her contact info via WhatsApp. :)

      Delete
  12. Ooooh. Wonderful poem! Clever, clever. And 'Mom, you can leave now.'😹 So glad you are making this trying situation work for you. (Switzerland is on my list of places to go! One day...)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. When you come, we will definitely meet up for some chocolate and cheese, Kat! Yes, no matter the circumstance, a teen's eye roll is universal. :)

      Delete
  13. Long-distance Game Night -- great idea! I guess you both have to have the same game. I don't know AKA, but it sounds interesting. I'll look it up. Thanks for joining us, Bridget! ♥️

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, for stopping by, Tabatha! We have the AKA game, with lots of cards. We just read them or held them up to the camera for Colleen. Sometimes we were laughing so hard that we'd jiggle the card and she couldn't read it. :)

      Delete
  14. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and poem. I have never been so grateful for the wonders of the interweb as I am now when my family is all far away. Game night sounds like fun! And so does the virtual birthday party!!

    ReplyDelete