Sunday, April 12, 2020

Virtual Appointments - Week of Apr. 6th

"We all live every day in virtual environments, defined by our ideas." ~Michael Crichton 
Oma on her first video call!

Cam has grown up in a world of technology.  He has never had to use a typewriter or worry about how long it will take his camera film to be developed.  He will never know the joy (or frustration) of rewinding cassette tapes to hear a lyric over and over again to figure out exactly what they are saying, and then realizing years later you still had it wrong.
Cam knows the virtual world of asking "Alexa" to play a song or turn off lights or start a timer.  He can operate an iPad better than most adults and is fearless when it comes to using technology.
It seems only natural then, that a virtual appointment is something Cam would gravitate towards.  Tutoring with Ms. Ann, checking in daily with Ms. Amanda and Auntie Karen are on his list for connecting with others.  PT with Mr. Patrick and watching a magic school virtually with classmates were all on the schedule this week.

A surprise 'drop-off' from Uncle Jon really made Cam's day.  Our uncle's car stayed in the driveway a couple of months ago during a trip they took.  They had picked up the vehicle some time ago, but we still had their spare set of keys.  The swap was done without interaction during this 'stay home stay safe' period.  Cam was elated when his dad showed him the bag left by Uncle Jon containing a personal note and peanut butter cup treats.  Needless to say, his snack choice was an easy one.

A milder Saturday called for some driveway biking.  During the winter months, Cam's bike has been at school where he has ridden it in the gym and other areas.  With the building shut down for the remainder of the school year, the principal allowed Chris to set up a time for pick up.  It was good to see our kiddo excited to show us his skills.

Easter Sunday was the first time we can recall not being with Oma and Opa for the holiday.  For the last several years, we have attended church with the Raisch family.  The service was held virtually and we were present from our own homes.  Afterwards, though, Mr. Steve recommended a social distancing walk in the park at the end of our former street.  It was the first time we had seen our close friends (from six feet away) in a month.  Patti requested a family picture and then Cam asked if he could be in it too.  Although odd to maintain our separation, we still felt together.
As the sun set that evening and we saw the speck of brilliant color, we are reminded to count our blessings and to look forward to the brightness of a new day.

Camology Quotes:
To maintain regular routines, using one's manners is part of each day as well. Cam occasionally needs to be reminded but is pretty good at remembering to say please and thank you and excuse me.  It seems he came up with a substitute this week though.
~big burp heard from Cam immediately followed by...~
"Pardon the interruption!"

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