This year, I will have all four of my boys and even a girl with me on Christmas! Last year, due to COVID and being mid-move, we were separated, so Sammy, Max, Baylee, and I had to Zoom with Tyler in our living room. We put him on the big TV and exchanged gifts with each other while we visited. (Can you hear me now?) Yes, there were skips and our faces froze on the screen at times, but instead of complaining about it, I am so grateful to have had it.
Also, Zoom had no time limits on Christmas, so we were able to keep him in the same room for most of the day. Years ago, this would not have been possible, but because of technology and a little jump-start due to a global pandemic, we were able to see Tyler’s face, and he ours.
I will cherish the hugs and being in the same room with all the kids this year, but I will also tip my non-existent hat to whomever invented Zoom and all other meeting apps and programs. Without it last year, I’m unsure how I would have gotten through a holiday without my son. Thanks, Zoom.