When I was a sophomore in college, I became an aunt. My brother had married his college sweetheart a year after they graduated. I was thrilled and couldn’t wait to meet my beautiful niece.
That niece, Wendy, is now sixty-two, a successful author and consultant, married to a man I’ve never met. She travels constantly for her work. Wendy and her father are not in touch, and although she lives only a couple of hours away, we haven’t seen each other in years. It’s sad.
On a recent Saturday afternoon, Peter and I chatted with her for an hour using a video conferencing service called Zoom. We were delighted to see Wendy and “meet” her terrific husband of twenty years.
Life is a little complicated for both of us now, but we are determined to get together in 2020. You can’t hug a computer screen.