Connections, Chaos and Fun! Reading to Children in the Zoom Room.

Sometimes I see half a blurry face.  Sometimes I see only feet. Sometimes a dog suddenly appears on the screen.

 

4-year-old Abby and 6-year-old Sadie are two wiggly and giggly sisters.

The girl’s attention span can weave in and out. This is not unusual for children.  Especially when I am reading a book to them in front of a computer screen.

 

I do know they are listening to me because of how they respond.  The questions they ask:  “Where is the guard dog that barks as loudly as a dinosaur’s roar?”  Their faces are now glued to the screen.

 

They sometimes become very still and quiet, engaged in the story.

Their faces will zoom in closer to get a good look at the pictures.

At times they ask me to bring the book closer to the screen.  Especially when they are both trying to find the dragonflies.

 

When A Book Is More Beautiful In Real Life

I opened the box from Amazon and I was thrilled to see the book, “Molly Finds Her Purr” had arrived.  I knew I would like this book since I love Pamela Wight’s writing.  I have been following her popular blog for over a year.  Rough Wighting

Pamela Wight has written a delightful, engaging story about Molly, a lonely, stray cat. This story shares a message of kindness, inclusivity and compassion.  Molly meets some unique, colourful animal characters who help Molly feel accepted.  They create “A Circle of Friendship” and they help Molly find her purr. 

The detailed artwork in this book is exceptional. The vibrant colours help bring this captivating story and the animals to life. 

Detailed illustrations and vibrant colours

Life Is Different Right Now

Cuddling and reading stories used to always go together.  

We are all trying to find new ways to navigate this new life. 

      Our present day Love Language is Connecting. 

Today, this means virtual connections while we are sheltering-in-place.  Letting friends and family know we are thinking about them. 

                Children are adjusting to this new life, too.

 

We Set The Example For Our Children:

  • To be kind.  Respect the boundaries and recommendations to help people stay healthy and safe.  Yet not live in fear.
  • Adult worries do not belong on children’s shoulders. 
  • To model grace under pressure.
  • It is okay to feel sad one moment, and be smiling the next.  
  • To expect change.  Change is a constant in life always.  Especially today.
  • To feel hopeful.  People have adapted, evolved since the beginning of time.  We are still here.
  • To play.  To have fun.  To create.  To find joy in each day.
  • To be grateful.  Always remember how lucky we are.

                   Our children are watching us.  

Love Abby!

 

Reading a book to children in the Zoom room and on a computer screen can be a challenge.

It does make it easier when I am reading an engaging, fun, beautiful book like “Molly Finds Her Purr.”

Of course, I would rather cuddle with Abby and Sadie in person.

For now, I am happy to see feet, half a blurry face, a dog and

                        Especially a Smile.

Love Abby and Sadie!  Their smiles warm my heart.

 

What type of connections are you making with family, friends and children while we are sheltering-in-place? 

 

Postscript:  In future I plan to make one on one reading dates.  There was some bickering on whose turn it was to find the dragonfly on each page.  In the past, they have appreciated the dedicated time and undivided attention. 

Link to Goodreads review:  “Molly Finds Her Purr”

Amazon.ca:  “Molly Finds Her Purr”

Amazon.com“Molly Finds Her Purr”

Zoom reading date with Abby and Sadie photo credits:  Thank you to my daughter and my husband.

 

 

 

123 thoughts on “Connections, Chaos and Fun! Reading to Children in the Zoom Room.

  1. I am still learning how to use zoom. Our walk in the past walking group has become a zoom in the past but I miss the chance to meet in real life.

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  2. Wonderful post, Erica! You are right, our children ARE always watching us and taking their cues from what we do, not what we say.
    Phone calls and video-conferencing are how I am making connections in this new world – much more than ever before!

    Deb

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    1. I have never been a great phone person, although, right now it is the only way to connect with certain family members. Some friends and family have zero interest in the video-conferencing. I look forward to connecting with you, soon, Deb 💕

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    2. Hi again, Deb, It looks like I already replied to you as I was composing a reply. I will send it anyways. lol
      Thank you, Deb. I was just communicating with my grown-up daughter, Alisha, the Mom of the girls. She was sharing some of the past week’s challenges. I came away feeling how our grown-up children are also “always watching us.” We share/communicate on everything, good and bad. Yet, I want to include also hopeful, grateful words about today and the future. As you know, Deb, they are always our children, even if they are adult children.

      I look forward to connecting with you, tomorrow, if it works out for you. 💕

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    1. A lot of fuzzy photos, yet the loving sentiments are still there. I cannot imagine you and your large extended family on any form of video chatting. Truly loving chaos! Take care, Eduarda and we will “see” each other soon.💕

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  3. Aw, this is wonderful! It makes my heart smile.

    We’ve been using FaceTime almost daily to see the boys. #1 Grandson hasn’t been into having me read him a story for a couple of months. He won’t read to me either, and he reads beautifully! He’s happy to take me to his room and just talk about everything, and show me what’s he’s doing with his toys. When he runs out of things to say, he’ll say, ” Grandma. I love you.” Then we sit in silence until something pops into one of our heads to talk about next. Sometimes there are a lot of ” I love yous” going back and forth. 🥰

    We’re make phone calls and text everyone else a lot. My mom and I spend a lot of time texting!

    Last week I met #1 Grandson’s other Grandma in a parking lot with our preferred morning drink ( me hot tea- her Coke) we parked like cops and chatted through the open windows 6 ft apart for an hour and a half! It was lovely seeing her. Before this started we were seeing each other every Tuesday in a watercolor class, and the four of us…hubby’s and us would get together for dinner every month. Our kids didn’t work out as a couple, but we’ve remained friends! 😀

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    1. Hi Deborah, Oh, I love how your grandson just hangs out with you. That “I love you” just stopped me in my tracks. Tear at my heart strings. 💕 I read a quote this past year how one of the greatest acts of love is to sit in comfortable silence with someone.

      Texting is always great. A way to connect on little things/big things or nothing at all.

      I have seen people “visit” in their individual cars. Whatever works. I love this story on how you stayed as friends.

      Thank you for sharing your beautiful connecting stories. I also appreciate the beauty you share with your gorgeous photos. You bring beauty into my life.💕

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  4. It is wonderful that you can connect in this way. Technology is definitely helping. We have two of our adult children with us but our eldest has been living by herself since this started. Our youngest and I are going to visit her this weekend. She is feeling particularly lonely.

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    1. Hi Janet, I am so happy to hear you will see your daughter this weekend. It will fill your daughter’s spirit to see you and you see her, even, with the social distancing. I do believe it is more difficult for anyone living by themselves. At least my husband and I can vent/laugh/share thoughts. Like you say technology is very helpful, yet not the same. Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts. I look forward to hearing about your visit.💕

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  5. Erica, this is precious. I feel for all of you guys who are missing hugs from grands. That must be really hard. Thank goodness we live in a time when technology enables face to face connections. I am lucky to have my daughter living with me through this time, and friends and other family members are just a phone call away. I have used FaceTime with friends a couple of times, but honestly, phone calls are just as comforting. Knowing that they are healthy and coping makes me happy. Thanks for sharing such a sweet, uplifting post. Take care and hang in there!

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    1. Hi Suzanne, I have my low moments, yet I am still very lucky and grateful how we are all healthy and have the basics. I become more sad when I hear what is going on in some parts of our planet. I find it interesting how everyone has their different way to connect. Some friends and family are not comfortable with the video chatting and prefer phone calls. We are lucky to have all of this technology available.

      It is wonderful to hear how all of you are adapting and accommodating each other at your home. Hopefully we will continue on the right path as some of the restrictions are “eased.” For us, not for a couple of weeks. I am glad I have this Happy Place of Blogging Friends and you are definitely one of them, Suzanne. Take care.💕

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  6. What a fabulous post, Erica! It’s wonderful to see your beautiful granddaughter’s smiling faces and our friend Pam’s book. I loved reading “Molly Finds Her Purr.” I’ve revisited the story several times since it arrived at our house many months ago. Currently, Molly resides on our coffee table, next to Oskar, our other friend Annika’s book. It’s wonderful to have such talented friends! Thanks for sharing! ❤

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    1. You are right, Jill. I also love Annika’s book. It was only a few short months ago I was reading “Oskar’s Quest” and cuddling with Abby. Evokes happy and sad tears since I don’t know when we will be able to physically hug or cuddle again. I know everyone has challenges and you are very concerned about your parents.❤️

      The photos were a little fuzzy at times, although the loving, happy faces warm my heart. “Molly Finds Her Purr” was even better than I expected. You know this first hand, Jill. It is a beautiful book to read in front of the computer screen since this is my only option for now.

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Hugs.💕

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  7. This is so charming Erica thank you for sharing it with us! I love the examples you are showing your grandchildren – examples we can all as adults live by as well. My family are (is?) all over the show and we do occasional skype calls. Zoom is apparently better as more faces can be shown at the same time but I still have to work it out. Which reminds me, friends are in the bush during this time. They are having a zoom celebration of their wedding anniversary as well as their daughter’s 39th birthday and they invited my husband and me to connect via zoom and have a drink or do a dance or something … I had to decline, but I WILL sing a song over what’s app right now to them all –

    Pamela Wright’s book look so lovely 🙂

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    1. Hi Susan, Zoom seems to be the thing when it is two or more people. I appreciate how we have many technology options. I am fascinated by how this wedding anniversary and birthday will play out. I hope someone will record the event. Sharing fun, positive moments create a ripple effect and also help people come up with new inventive ways to connect and celebrate special moments. Singing a song to them is very special. I suspect your son has inherited your singing genes. I listened to him and his wife again. Very beautiful and heart-warming.❤️

      “Molly Finds Her Purr” is a beautiful story and a beautiful book. I always enjoyed reading to the children and I am glad I still can. Hope the celebration went well.🙂

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  8. The world is changing. To us, the “old folks”, it’s something new and scary. 100 years ago the thought of talking to our friends and family through a magic box would have been scary. What we thought was normal is no longer. We have a new normal. The fact that you are sharing this connection proves it. “WHO MOVED MY CHEESE” by Dr. Spencer Johnson reflects on how we adapt. Social distancing does not have to mean social isolation. Erica/Erika has found her purr.

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    1. Chuck, I find it a coincidence how you brought up this book “Who moved my cheese?” This book has also been in my mind recently with all the changes these past six weeks and of course new changes on the way. I love how you say “social distancing does not have to mean social isolation.” I especially like when you use the word “pause” button. I always appreciate you reading and your thoughtful comment.💕

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  9. What a sweet post, Erica/ Erika. You’ve won the Grandma of the Year award 🙂 The children’s smiles are lovely to see. They outweigh the occasional appearance of their feet. I think their dog wants to be in the show, too. I keep in touch with my family and friends by phone, text, email, and Google Hangouts. I use what works for them.

    I’ve been thinking of two quotes: 1) Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get. A positive attitude gets us through tough times and seriously, we have a lot to be thankful for atm. 2) Actions are louder than words so I agree with your setting examples for our children. Take care Erica/ Erika. Stay safe and healthy.

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    1. You are exceptionally kind, Natalie. 💕 I am with you on connecting with people any way that works for them. Some people are very uncomfortable with video chatting. I appreciate how we have access to technology. Great quotes! Thank you for sending good energy into the airwaves. It always helps make my day better. Take care.🙂

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  10. I love this post. Seeing you read to the little ones, seeing Pam’s awesome illustrated book, reading your optimistic and wise bullet points was a joy. Thank you for sharing these things.

    Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to connect with family via video for various reasons too long to explain in a comment. At least we still have phones. 🤷‍♀️

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    1. Thank you Lori, for your very kind and thoughtful comment. I find many people still prefer to use phones. Some form of communicating with friends and family lets them know we are thinking about them. It can still be a challenge. I appreciate you reading and sharing your thoughts. I find connecting with blogging friends a joyful part of my day. 🙂 Take care.

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  11. What a lovely post, Erica! Your grands are so adorable and they are very lucky to have you in their lives. That book looks like a lot of fun and the illustrations are gorgeous. I love your idea of giving each girl their special grandma time. This will be over at some point and you’ll be able to snuggle with them in person. Won’t that be wonderful!

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    1. Hi Janis, Pam’s book was even better than I expected. It is a hard cover, beautifully illustrated book with a heart-warming story. A perfect gift for children! I greatly appreciate our connection. A great forum for sharing knowledge, wisdom and feelings. I learn a great deal. I look forward to seeing you again, soon.

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  12. We’ve had weekly ZOOM family calls. Nice way to connect . . . but it would be more fun with young kids on the other side of the screen. We do have an occasional pet appearance.

    Stay well.

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    1. ZOOM calls seem to be the norm right now. Six-year-old Sadie has ZOOM meetings with her teacher and her classmates. It will be interesting to see when “the other side of the screen” will happen. I appreciate we have this option. Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts, Nancy. Take care.

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  13. What a fun post – and then when I saw that you were reading my MOLLY book – heaven’s above. My day is made. I’m also laughing about reading to grandkids over the air waves. I’ve used Facetime more (since my computer Zoom isn’t always available) and it took some doing, but it works. And a few days ago when I read to my 7-year-old grandson, I read the book he chose (I show him 3 books and ask “which one?”) and then I challenged him; I read the book again but left off words at the end of every other sentence (this book was written in rhyme, which helped). He was so proud of himself in guessing the right words, AND it kept his attention so much. Thanks for that idea!
    And HUGE thanks for the beautiful generous fabulous review on Molly Finds Her Purr. I’m…. purring! ❤

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    1. Pam, we love your book! As I mentioned to you it is more beautiful than I expected with a heart-warming story. It is also a perfect book to read in front of children and in this case in front of the computer screen. I am sure the girls will love to go through the book on their own when they have the opportunity.

      You remind me Pam, how the girls have books ready to read to me. Of course, books specific to their age. Four-year-old Abby reads Jimmy Fallon’s book “Your baby’s first word will be Dada.” She is so serious turning the pages and reading it to me. I try very hard to not crack up. You may be familiar with it. It is a very simple book.

      Thank you for sharing Molly with all of us.❤️

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    1. My husband and I were just talking about all of the technology options we have today and how lucky we are. I respect how some people are not into video chatting and prefer a phone call. I hope all is okay in your part of the world, Anabel, and with your loved ones. Many present challenges. Take care.

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  14. Awww. How lovely to be reading Pam’s book to your granddaughters. They must love it. And you’re so right, Erica, that kids pay very close attention to how the adults around them respond to stress. I’m certain that you’re modeling kindness and grace and patience. It makes a difference. ❤

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    1. My granddaughters and I love Pam’s book! The photos are a bit fuzzy, yet for me, they capture the mood and their attentive faces. It made me realize how closely they are watching their parents and us during challenging, changing times for everyone. Thank you for your very kind, supportive comment, Diana.

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  15. I loved reading this beautifully simple, meaningful love and family centered piece. Where there’s a will, there’s a way, and love can never be extinguished. It penetrates and survives through the harshest and most demanding of environments and situations. That is my focus right now; love of God, love of self, love of family, love of others, and for the world. This struck a chord: “To feel hopeful. People have adapted, evolved since the beginning of time. We are still here.”

    We are indeed still here.

    Susan Grace

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    1. Dear Susan, I always love to hear your take on everything, especially everything meaningful. This post was a way to share how I am connecting with the children and to share a very beautiful book.

      Thank you for the “love can never be extinguished.” I believe this, yet we had such a close relationship and spent many hours together each week before all of the changes happened. I do genuinely count my blessings, yet I do miss the before. I am trying to take my own advice lol. I can dish it out, although I need to work on the bullet points, too. 🙂 I know you walk the talk, Susan, with how you focus on your day. I greatly appreciate you sharing your wisdom always, and especially today.❤️

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  16. It is wonderful that you are able to connect to your family in this way. These are very special memories for them that will last. Your example of the following values and thoughts means your grandchildren will grow up to be beautiful human beings. The following two are ones that some parents forget:
    “Adult worries do not belong on children’s shoulders.
    To model grace under pressure.”

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    1. Hi Amanda, It is only when reading the comments, I am beginning to realize how these moments of connection will become special memories for the children (and for us – I plan to hang around for a long time lol). It is interesting how you picked up on the ‘adult worries’ point. I read a book many, many years ago where this point was made. I have never forgotten this. Thank you for your very kind, thoughtful comment.

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    1. You are right, Dee, a fun time for all. I had not really given making memories a thought until I began reading the comments. I have to remember we are making today’s memories. Good point! I hope all is well with you. Take care.

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  17. How the world has changed in such a short period of time!! Zoom has become a life line in many homes over the past month. It’s been a game changer for many trying to stay connected with family and friends.

    This blog post was exactly the conversation I had with my (younger) sister yesterday. She has 6 grandchildren ranging in age from 3 to 9, and several times a week does exactly this with the 3 different households. The 9-year-old in particular needs and wants more personal one-on-one time which amuses and delights my sister and her husband.

    I know your family is very precious to you and I love the way you are connecting and staying relevant in your grandchildren’s lives.

    The stories this generation of children will tell when they are adults remembering this exceptional time in their lives!! The lucky ones will have loving memories like this playing large in their stories 💕

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    1. Your first sentence says it perfectly, Joanne. It has been approximately six weeks and it seems life has forever changed. I am learning as I go along. I also find the children are wanting more one on one time even in this virtual world.

      I am learning from reading the comments how we are making new memories for this generation of children during this exceptional time. I had not really thought about this. A part of me remembers, misses and realizes we will never have the life we used to have. I will focus on how we can make new, wonderful memories for them. A healthier way to move forward for everyone.

      I am enjoying our personal connections and meetings more and more, Joanne. I feel we are getting more comfortable communicating in this forum and also getting to know each other. I am also learning a great deal. I look forward to next week.💕

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      1. I echo that feeling, Erica. I admit I really struggled in the beginning and came very close to withdrawing from the group. I’m more comfortable in one-on-one interactions and the group dynamic was very intimidating to me.

        You expressed it perfectly for me this week with your comment that you are more eloquent in writing than verbally, but I think we’re both getting better at it though 🙂

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        1. I find it interesting how the meetings are evolving. I am also better one on one and I was a little apprehensive about the group dynamics and sharing within this group. I come away with a feeling of acceptance, validation, learning something new, especially the challenges in other communities and the personal challenges, keeping me a bit on the edge in a good way (out of my comfort zone), a few laughs, and I have to wear a bra at least once a week. 😉 I look forward to seeing you, Joanne! 🙂

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          1. “Having to wear a bra at least once a week” 😂

            I too look forward to meeting you. I’m trying not to get too emotionally invested in this planned trip in August. I’m trying to temper my enthusiasm with the realization that so much can still happen that will create a roadblock. But for now … it’s still a go 😊

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  18. I agree that it is important for adults to not burden children with the heavy emotional issues associated with the pandemic. Show them grace and resilience. Show them a ‘can do’ spirit, and by all means read them great stories. Fun for all involved.

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    1. Hi Ally, Interesting how you noted the adults not burdening children part. I read this point many years ago when my children were very young and it always stayed with me. It surfaced again with all the new challenges. I love how you say ‘grace, resilience, and can do spirit.’ It is very much a reminder for me on how to move forward. And, yes The Stories. Our Happy Place! Thank you, Ally! ❤️

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  19. Hi, Erica – What a beautiful way to stay in touch with your Abby and Sadie.
    Thank you for showcasing Pam’s recent book. I too LOVE her writing.
    I appreciated the gems that you shared about what we should model for children. I agree wholeheartedly and believe that we must model them for each other as well.
    ‘See’ you on Zoom soon!

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    1. Hi Donna, Pam’s book was better than I expected. It is a hard cover book. Beautiful artwork and a heart-warming story. A great gift idea!

      Your comment really stayed with me, on how we must model the bullet points for each other as well. Initially, I was sad knowing things will never be the same. Lately, I am focusing more on how I want to move forward.

      I am enjoying our weekly connections more and more. 🙂 I think we are all getting more comfortable in this new forum and more comfortable with each other. I greatly enjoy the amazing, diverse women sharing new perspectives, their wisdom and their feelings. I learn a great deal. Have a great week adjusting with all that is new in your life. Take care and I look forward to ‘seeing’ you and hearing all about it. xx

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  20. It’s lovely you read Pam’s book to your grandkids, Erica. Your Zoom worked very well. I should try it with Autumn. Right now I’m thinking of making a video of nursery rhymes. Autumn knows a lot already and she can watch it again anytime to sing along. My daughter and I use Marco Polo for video chat on the phone. She can do it with me even when she goes on a walk. She’s busy with the baby most of the day and try to find time talking with me.

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    1. I love your idea, Miriam, of making a video for Autumn. I will check out Marco Polo. I did send my daughter the link you mentioned your daughter was using to chronicle the children’s days. Also, a great idea! Take care and enjoy the moments with the family. For now, virtual moments.🙂

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      1. Now my daughter uses the same sit to post photos for both daughters and sometimes do comparisons of the two girls of the same age. That was fun to look at. I found an album of nursery rhymes with instrumental music. I’ll listen to it and find the lyrics (I have nursery rhymes books from my teaching years but it’s easier to get what I want online), then sing along with the instrumental music. Will have to do it one step at a time. 🙂

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  21. That’s really nice, Erica. These are the moments your grandchildren will always remember. And certainly one of the best “shout-outs” for Pam’s book.

    I struggle with video chats. My sister has “forced” me to do a few with her. Mainly it’s hard for me because I’ve always been someone who paces during long conversations. One can’t do that in a video chat, let along reading stories aloud to children. 🙂 – Marty

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    1. Pam’s book is better than I expected, Marty. Beautiful illustrations and a heart-warming story. A great gift idea.

      I am still getting used to this new forum when communicating. The Zoom works well when communicating with more than two people. The “free” Zoom shuts off after forty minutes which is often enough time to sit and stare at each other.🙂 I do find my energy is more depleted afterwards. I have family and friends who prefer only telephone calls.

      Six weeks has really made a difference in our lives. It will be interesting to see what happens over the next while. Take care. 🙂

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  22. Erica, I love the ways you’ve found to stay connected to your grandchildren. I’ve tried reading to mine over the screen too (FaceTime). We did it one on one because their reading interests are different because of the age difference — a chapter book for the older one and an age-appropriate picture book for the younger one. My younger grandson (five) is very chatty, and lately he has taken to phoning me, and is very proud about dialing the number himself.

    Jude

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    1. Jude, I am learning a great deal from the responses. Readers have been pointing out how we are making important present day memories for the children. I do not feel I can connect the way I would like. Yet, the children will look back and say ‘do you remember when Grandma did this with me during the pandemic.’ Even if it involves a great deal of social distancing, and virtual connections. A work in progress. I had not really thought about this.

      And, yes, Jude, you bring up a good point on age-appropriate books and one on one interactions. Cute about your grandson phoning you.🙂

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  23. What a sweet post, Erica, and your granddaughters are adorable. It looks like we have a mutual friend in Pam, too. She and I met last fall when she was in town for a reading of her children’s books. It was so great to meet her in person and both of her books are amazing. My family has also been Zooming into various meetings and it’s good to have options like this to stay connected. Thank you for such a delightful post. Stay well, Lauren

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    1. Thank you for the kind comment, Lauren. Goosebumps on how you met Pam. I loved everything about “Molly Finds Her Purr.” I had ordered it a few months ago, and I was told it was going to be a long wait (Amazon.ca) I was thrilled how it was better in real life. The Zoom pictures in the post are a bit fuzzy, yet the sentiments are there. You are right, Lauren, on how this is our form of connection, at least for now. I greatly appreciate we have access to this technology. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Take care.🙂

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  24. Hi Erica – I loved your alternative reading opportunity. Video chatting is a lifesaver but it certainly will never replace real life interaction. I love seeing our grandgirls online, but they also pop in and out, run off to get something to show me, reappear, squabble for space, talk too fast, lose interest, reappear again, wander off, reappear again….. It’s definitely a whole new world for those of us who are grandparents. (Loved the book btw – and all your photos) x

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    1. Hi Leanne, I am with you on how I appreciate we have access to this technology. I would love some in real life cuddles. I like how you describe your grandgirls online. You said it perfectly. Totally my experience, too. 🙂 Many of the comments on this post remind me how we are making present day memories for the children. I feel inadequate at times, although I will remember this advice. I ordered the book a few months ago and it took a long time to arrive. Amazon.ca warned me about this. Worth it! Thank you for sharing your thoughts and experiences Leanne. 💕

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  25. What a fabulous idea to still be able to read stories to your grandchildren by using zoom. I too ordered Pam’s wonderful children’s book for two of my good friends who have little ones that would appreciate it, and had it sent all the way to India and Spain with the shipping costing more than the book haha.

    We started using zoom a few months back after Ben started using it for his work meetings which are with peers all over the world. We are also used to not being in person with our loved ones.. During the pandemic I would not have managed with being in SEAsia, especially as my mom contracted corona and of course the whole family was thrown into concern and anxiety and fear … thankfully she has recovered and it is nothing short of a miracle given her health and her age (84). SEAsis is twelve hours time difference, so I would not have been able to keep in touch and get updates from my sisters and kids the way I have been able to from here in Mexico. A godsend.

    Such adorable photos. I look forward to being a grandmother one day.

    Peta

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    1. Hi Peta, I ordered Pam’s book a few months ago, Amazon.ca, and I was forewarned it would take awhile to arrive. Definitely worth the wait. And like you say, it is a beautiful book to give as a gift.

      I was not aware your Mom had contracted Corona. Scary! And thankful all is okay. You have been used to communicating with your family from afar, so this part is not new to you. Like you say, time zones always make a difference. We are thankful we have access to technology allowing us to connect.

      It was fun to read how you and Ben are adapting in Zipolite. I find it interesting how the emphasis on social distancing varies throughout the planet.

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts and your kind comment.🙂 Take care and stay well!

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  26. Hi Erica,
    The smiles are wonderful! It’s hard to think that it will be a while longer before the reading can come with a snuggle again.
    And our children are watching. Sometimes I’m embarrassed at what they might see. And I love those examples that you remind us we must set:

    To be kind.
    Respect the boundaries yet not live in fear.
    Adult worries do not belong on children’s shoulders.
    To model grace under pressure.
    It is okay to feel sad one moment, and be smiling the next.
    To expect change and be flexible.
    To feel hopeful.
    To play.
    To be grateful.
    Thank you for the wonderful reminders/
    🙂
    Nancy

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    1. Hi Nancy, I just finished a one on one with Abby and Sadie. It is fascinating and poignant listening to their thoughts and concerns. We also read books they picked out. This will be you one day.🙂

      I am good at dishing out examples, although, I sometimes lose perspective, too. I often find I am navigating a new world right now. You made a great point about making “new memories” in your last post. I am letting these words stay with me. The present moment is always important, and especially for the children. Thank you for your kind, supportive comment, Nancy. Take care.💕

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    1. I think many/most of us are now connecting via some form of Video chat technology. It makes a difference to “see” each other. Thank you for visiting and your kind comment, Jacqui. Enjoy your husband’s Sunday brunch? Dinner?🙂

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  27. A heart-warning post, Erica. You captured the experience so well. “Their faces will zoom in closer to get a good look…”. Do you think that’s why they called this service “Zoom”? 🙂

    I was delighted to see how you bought and picked Pam’s latest book to engage with the grandchildren. And, I LOVED all the smiles. I’m happy to have been a part of your Zoom communications in the past as well.

    Since we are used to only communicating with friends and family over email, social media, and Skype, because of our lifestyle, not much has changed during this pandemic for us, from that perspective.

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    1. Hi Liesbet, I greatly appreciate your very kind, supportive comment.🙂 I enjoy Pam’s witty and insightful blog and I knew I would like her book. “Molly finds her purr” is more beautiful in real life and a perfect gift idea.

      I find Zoom was and is a little more challenging since it is very much one at a time conversation. If someone, or two people want to chime in, part of sentences are lost. The positive is also how it is one at a time. I appreciate having this option.

      Like you say, Liesbet, you have been communicating with various technology all along. Take care and I look forward to hearing how things are progressing in your neck of the woods.🙂

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  28. Hi Erica what a lovely way to spend time with your granddaughters and creating special memories. I have been on Facetime with my grandsons Ethan and Elliot. Elliot is 2 in May so grabs the phone and runs around the house shouting Nan! It is very chaotic but at least we can see each other. Ethan was 6 during the week so he had two Zoom birthday parties. One with his grandparents and one with his school friends. It is wonderful how technology can keep us connected. I’ve been playing a game with Ethan online. We have to find 5 things starting with a letter of the day, take a photo, write it down (so he practises his writing skills for school) and then email each other. We have all become very creative with our connections haven’t we? It is no longer a phone conversation but much, much more. Take care and stay well. xx

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    1. Hi Sue, The Zoom birthdays bring up mixed emotions and I find it is sometimes more difficult for the parents. We just experienced this with neighbours yesterday for their six-year-old daughter. I also have a two-year-old grandson who turned two on Easter Sunday. The word you used “chaotic” fits perfectly!

      I extra love your game and I made note of it. Excellent idea! I also have a six-year-old granddaughter and I appreciate suggestions.

      Sue, your kind kind, positive, supportive energy always makes a difference in my week. Thank you! Take care, stay well. xx

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      1. Hi Erica I agree the Zoom calls are great but not so much for the parents. For Ethan’s birthday, Rachel had to move the laptop to the bedroom so Ethan had an opportunity to chat with his grandparents without 2yo Elliot trying to interrupt all the time. I’m excited because I am going to visit this week. The restrictions have lifted a little and we can visit for a purpose. I’m going to help out with the boys as home schooling Ethan with Elliot is quite difficult also. The games are fun and the one we play is also educational in so many ways. Thank you for your lovely words, I truly appreciate them. Take care, my friend.xx

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  29. How wonderful that you are able to read to your grandchildren using Zoom – even if there were a few challenges. It’s amazing how how quickly technology has moved forward in recent years.

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    1. I am very lucky I have these technology options. Ten/twenty years ago would have been very different. Sheryl, on your blog you often remind us how things have changed and how many things are the same. 🙂Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts.

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  30. This is so beautiful, Erica. I’m sure you miss the cuddles, but it seems you’ve found a wonderful way to still have quality time with your grandchildren. All of my children still live at home and I feel lucky to have this extra quality time with them since teenagers and young adults aren’t always the most talkative (to their parents). My mom and I still talk on the phone almost every day, but we have started to Facetime some as well. I’m so glad that we have the technology to ease the burdens of not being able to be physically connected. Stay well!! xx

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    1. Amy, I thought it may be more challenging with teenagers and young adults at home right now. I am glad it is a rare opportunity to spend more time with them. It is interesting how very young children are wrapping their minds around the physical distancing. As our four-year-old Abby says, she has to stay far away because of the sickness. We try to keep it positive in front of them. Take care and enjoy the family time and reading time. Stay well. 💕

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      1. There are definitely some challenges with them all being at home. Mostly due to the fact that I need my quiet time and there’s some boundary issues, but I know that I’ll still look back and remember the extra quality moments. 🙂 Stay well! xx

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    1. Very funny, Mark, on the Zoom meetings. We also use Zoom for a Writing group and meeting up with adult friends. Funny and sometimes unusual images and backgrounds appear. Thankful we have the option of technology.

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  31. I just signe up to follow you, didn’t realize that I hadn’t done it before. Loved the picture of the two girls at the top of the post. Thank you for the introduction to Rough Whiting and for the inspiration. I hadn’t thought to ask my daughter if I could read to the kiddos, 4, 5 and 7 year olds. 850+ miles away. Thank you!

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    1. Hi Michele, It has happened to me a few times where I follow someone and then they are no longer in my email feed. Or a comment just disappears. I hear all sorts of quirky things on WordPress. It must be difficult in general with your daughter and the grandchildren living far away. I did some one on one time with mine last week. The children were soaking up this dedicated time. Thank you for your kind comment. I also love the top photo of the girls. Take care and stay well.

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      1. You inspired me to write to my daughter and ask her if I could record and read some stories for the kids. She didn’t say no! We don’t Facetime, I have an Android, a sort of smart phone and she doesn’t get good service in the house. But thankfully she posts pictures and videos on Facebook. I went to Florida shortly after the first two were born, but when the last one was born my husband had been through Cancer treatments and was just turning some corners, so I stayed put. I Love Facebook for the good things. I am going to try two books, including the one you shared. I went to her wall after I finished reading your post and read a funny story about Plants. Then I am going to try to do a picture, sanitized version of my life, especially so the kids can get to know my parents and me better. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on my writing. I appreciate it more than you know, But maybe you do. Blessings, Michele

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        1. Your note made me feel really good, Michele. Thank you. A few people pointed out to me how we are making present day memories for the children, even when life feels a little surreal right now. I, too, enjoy Facebook when my daughters post pictures of the grandchildren. As you know the children change a great every couple of weeks, especially when they are very young.

          You may want to write a story on how you share your stories to the family. You have a gift with words, and story telling, Michele. 🙂

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  32. you do such good book reviews! Make the post exciting and personal and you have your unique flair – so good.

    and my mother n law made a cassette tape with her reading (singing) “today is Monday” for my boys. Not only did they love it – but that book because a “go to” for me as needed –

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    1. Hi Yvette, It was easy to talk about Pam’s beautiful book. It is a great book to read to the children via Zoom or video chat. Last week I had one on one time with the girls. They soaked up this special, dedicated time. It is very special for me, too.

      I like your MIL tape idea. I am sure the boys love hearing her voice. Was this recently or awhile ago, since you mention “cassette?”

      Thank you for your kind, supportive comment.

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      1. Hi / yes it was almost 20 years ago – and even then cassette tapes were outdated – but that was what she used!
        In fact – I need to find a cassette player this month because I found an old cassette recording of my mom giving a little talk and want to digitize it – but might have to buy one because nobody has a cassette tape player – lol

        And you are such a gift to your family! 🌸❤️And to the blog family here

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          1. Thanks – my mom will be so surprised – hope I can do it soon.
            She is in her late 70s and I am glad she did not get this virus going around – so glad – and I want to get this project done even more now
            Have a good rest of the week and glad to connect this week

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  33. ps – my M-i-L also added a photo of her inside the cover – we could see her each time we spend the book.
    But so glad we have digital tech today – no need for CDs or cassettes ha

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  34. You are such a wonderful grandmother, Erica. I’m glad you are still finding ways to share books with your grandchildren. That used to be one of our most special times when my grandchildren were younger, snuggling up together with a book–or a stack of books! What special memories you are making.

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comment, Christie. Like you know, it is a privilege to have grandchildren. Yes, snuggling and books go together. I do miss this, yet I appreciate access to technology. Take care, stay well, so you can post all the good you share each week, Christie! 🙂

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    1. I also have/had a roller coaster of emotions. Especially when the four-year-old says she wants to come over to my house and give me a hug. I also got a little teary, and told her it was Happy tears since I was able to see her on our video. She saw right through this, since every four-year-old is often smarter than I am. Thank you for your kind comment, Jo. I hope the people on our planet will slowly move forward in a positive direction. Slowly, of course. Take care, stay well. xx 🙂

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  35. What a great idea to read to the girls over zoom. My 4-year-old grandson’s attention span is pretty short for video chats. Maybe a good children’s book would be a good idea.

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    1. Hi Laurie, I also Zoom with my two-year-old grandson. He just gets goofy and shows me his toys. I still derive pleasure from seeing him, and possibly this will help him remember us when we are able to see each other again.

      I find the four and six year old really soaked up the one on one visits I had last week. Part of it was reading and part of it was just chatting about anything and showing me some of their stuff/creations at their home. I get the impression they just like hanging out with us, even if it isn’t for too long.

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  36. I love that you are reading Pam’s story to your grandchildren on Zoom. Your description of the experience is vivid and advice wise. They will cherish these moments as they grow. The photos are adorable. You brought fond memories to me this morning, reminiscing about precious time spent with my grandmother’s in days-gone-by.

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    1. Lisa, I did not really think about the memories we are creating right now for the children. A few of the comments and especially your comment reminds me how important the present moments are for the children and for everyone. Life and time is still ticking by. Thank you for your kind and thoughtful comment. Hugs and I hope all is well.xx

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    1. Hi Sam, Pam’s book was definitely perfect for reading to the grandchildren over Zoom. A beautiful book in real life, too. I am glad we have options to connect. I greatly appreciate your kind comment.🙂

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  37. It’s certainly different meeting up with family online rather than in person. I’m pleased you can still do story time. Maybe one on one will work better. I agree with you about Molly. It’s a delightful book.

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    1. Hi Norah, The following week I did spend one on one with them and it was an entirely different experience. They have their individual interests and I could tell they appreciated the undivided attention. I enjoy it as much as they do. I hope you are staying well and able to connect with family and friends. 🙂

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  38. This is wonderful, Erica! I’ve shared and would love to know how to Zoom with my Granddaughter Olivia (6 yr. old). I’ve been FaceTiming her using iPad. She lives 2,300 miles away in New Mexico and I thought it would be nice to spend time together each week. It has been a blessing, BUT I would like to know more about The Zoom Room… Fantastic photos and a great review for Pam’s lovely new book! ❤ xo

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    1. Hi Bette, Thank you for your lovely note. Pam’s book is beautiful to read in real life and on Zoom dates. I have attached the link at the end. I think it is still where the first 40 minutes is free. You can just restart a meeting afterwards if you want a longer meeting time. It takes only a few straightforward steps to join. Our 6 year old Sadie meets up with her teacher and classroom students each week using Zoom. I ended up getting the rest of my family to join in for group, family chats.

      Using a suggestion from another blogger, we played a game last week where Sadie finds something in her house beginning with a letter of the alphabet. She writes the word down and shows it to me. Interactive and we both had fun. FaceTiming also works well. Thank you for connecting and good luck. https://zoom.us xx ❤️

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    1. Pam’s book “Molly Finds Her Purr” is more beautiful in real life. For some reason it took a long time to arrive ordering Amazon.ca to Canada. (Before virus) Worth the wait. And, yes, I do miss my Cuties. I was reading some of your posts and it looks like you have your own Cuties, Renee. The Mother’s Day photo of you and your daughters is beautiful! ❤️

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