Oh, the awkward zoom.
The one that reminds us how far we’ve really come in this Covid remote learning world.
Because for all the jokes and memes and skits poking fun at how artificial it is to interact in tiny boxes on a screen, it’s not until the rare clunker that we recognize how warm our regular zoom spaces have become.
It was almost entirely the same group of people today, but oh, what a difference. Was it the new addition, a relative stranger to our zoom room? Perhaps the topic. . . important, but a stark reminder of an unwelcome change on the horizon?
Hard to say. Yet, the shift was palpable.
People sat back a bit farther from their screens.
Faces dipped into the shadows. (A rash of lighting issues, or were we less eager to be seen?)
Respectful listening, neutral facial expressions—sure—we’re all professionals. But. . .
Familiar faces adrift in a sea of boxes.
This was the kind of meeting where we needed to make eye contact, to be the kind of side-by-side where it’s possible to offer a reassuring smile meant just for the one who needs it. We needed to be in the same room, to not just see but feel our community.
But since that cannot be, I can only appreciate that today felt like an anomaly and not the norm.