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A Silent Pandemic: A Longing for Authentic Attachment

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"Something was missing. I felt off."  A few months ago, I had the opportunity to present a virtual parenting class in the state of Michigan. Nothing really new to me.  Except this time, I was excited to reach a broader audience -- nineteen library communities would be connecting through one centralized district office.   At 2:00 pm Pacific Standard Time, I closed my blinds in my bright office and carefully arranged my desk, white light, microphone, camera, materials, and double-checked my power-point slides.   Yep.   Everything was ready.   At 2:40 pm, tech guru Phillip welcomed me into StreamYard, the platform we would be utilizing. We chatted for a few minutes. Then, as instructed, I uploaded my power-point. I struggled for moment as this format was new to me. With Phillip’s help, we got everything working.  We began promptly at 3:00 pm. For the next 90 minutes, I stared at my screen delivering the workshop.   I could not see any participants, I could not see Phillip,