What a year 2020 continues to be! Most of us have pretty much lived this year cooped up indoors; while feeling grateful for the gifts of technology and social media that have helped us stay connected with loved ones.
My role as a virtual aunt continues, as I watch and interact with my niece and nephew through video calls.
I was on a video call with my sister last night when my niece, who had gone downstairs with her dad, got back home after getting some fresh air.
My niece, who is 22 months old, recognized me and came over to talk to me, her Pemma (mom’s older sister).
And she gave me the brightest smile ever, and said, “Hewwo Pemma, Hewwo.”
I blew kisses. And suddenly the screen turned black. After a few seconds, my niece appeared again, and I said, “Hewwo sweetie” …and the screen went black again.
I called out to my sister, and asked her to help my niece hold the phone properly. My sister told me that my niece knew perfectly well how to hold the phone, but the reason the screen was turning black was because each time I said hello or blew kisses at her, she was hugging me by giving the phone a hug.
Awwwwww….. “Bless you my little one.” Even virtual hugs can melt one’s heart.