What. A. WEEK! It's hard to actually digest how rapidly the world has changed since our last class together on Wednesday. I will be open and admit that I was one of the early believers that thought this was being blown out of proportion. I shut out the news and posts about it, assuming that it would all just work itself out without really affecting me. Boy was I ever wrong.
You, dear internet (and cousin known as social media) have gotten a bad rep through all of this. People have been online shaming others for over or under-reacting in the early days, sharing non-factual posts, and getting into fights with others about their choices to social distance. People also believe you are to blame for escalating the fear in society. But to me, you are saving our butts right now.
I've never been a news-watcher, so where have I gotten ALL of my information about this virus? From articles shared on social media. Everything (credible) I've read has shifted me from a non-believer to a hardcore social distancer in a matter of days. Even yesterday I opted to go out and teach my class at We Rock The Spectrum Kids Gym because I wanted to support the lovely owner of the gym who was so excited to have our music classes at her anniversary party, the event she had poured months of time, energy and money into planning. While I have no regrets about going through with it, had this event been scheduled for today, I'm certain I wouldn't have gone. Thanks to you, Internet, I'm more educated than I was 24 hours ago. You've exposed me to brilliant articles, graphs and videos that have taught me about how massively we are impacted in preventing the spread of this thing by choosing to stay home.
I'm also grateful to you for keeping me connected to my Do-Re-Mi community. Regardless of whether someone joined our classes 3 years ago or 3 weeks ago, I'm able to stay in virtual touch and watch everyone's babies grow while sharing the development of my little business. You've also caused me to get creative with how I can continue reaching families without hosting physical classes. Because of your amazing technology I could film a video, upload it, and be singing in other people's living rooms in a matter of minutes. I'm also grateful that in these uncertain times you've allowed me to find a way for my wonderful community to financially support me without physically attending class. You've given so many small business owners options to continue supporting their families.
And on a personal note, how amazing is it to have video chat during all of this? Our children can still communicate their smiles with their grandparents and show off their toy collections to their aunts and uncles and make silly faces at their friends. I shutter to imagine how isolating 3 weeks of social distancing would be without you.
These are scary, uncertain and lonely times. But you give information, connection and hope to the world in what could have been utterly devastating reality without you.
Thank you, internet, for informing us.
Thank you, internet, for creating work opportunities.
Thank you, internet, for making quality education and entertainment accessible.
Thank you, internet, for giving us purchasing ability with out leaving our homes.
Thank you, internet, for connecting us.
Lets hold our babes close, cuddle in, and wait this thing out. I believe we will. And thanks to you, darling Internet, the hugs will feel that much sweeter on the other side.
Jenny is the founder of Do-Re-Mi & My Baby, a former teacher, a conductor, a freelancer, and a full-time Mom of a toddler boy and baby girl.