On the day when my graduation should have taken place, I came home from work to find streamers, flowers, balloons, and some snacks. We were going to have our own, small celebration at my house. This was all very exciting, but I was the most excited to spend some time catching up with my family members on "Zoom".
One of the biggest disappointments of not getting to have a graduation right now is the fact that I don't have the opportunity to get together with my family members as I had planned. However, getting to talk to them-even if it was through a screen, gave me a sense of normalcy that I desperately needed.
For most of the conference, I honestly forgot that we weren't all sitting together in the same room- laughing, eating, and talking as we have on some holidays in the past. Seriously. It was incredible.
Before Covid-19, I think that we took our modern technology for granted. I felt so blessed to be able to easily connect with my family members. On that night, my heart was completely full. While I look forward to the next time that I can see my family in person, the use of technology helped me to still be able to make memories.
I will forever cherish looking at a screen as my uncles childishly taunted each other. I will always smile at the memory of one of my cousins proudly holding up a colorful, well-designed "congratulations" poster for everyone to see. I will never forget how happy I was to have everyone together in that moment.
While this situation definitely wasn't a part of my ideal graduation plan, I am comforted by the fact that we were still able to find a way to be together. It comforts me to know that my family loves me enough to adapt and make the most out of a disappointing situation, and it gives me hope that we as humans will find a way to support each other until we can all be together again.