During my book club gathering (on Zoom) one of my friends said she was becoming a little “tech-ed off.”
The need to hold a book club electronically does test the patience. Sure, it’s fine to discuss the book via the internet, but, let’s be honest, the real heart and soul of a book club is the shared glasses of wine, the tea, the dessert, and the lingering conversations that have nothing at all to do with literature. Being deprived of that connection has me a little tech-ed off too.
At the same time, I am so-o-o-o-o-o grateful for technology in other ways. I have spent more time on my laptop over the past six weeks than ever.
Even though the electronic book club was not as satisfying, it was better than no book club at all. I’ve participated in writing circles, dinners, coffee times, meetings, and church. Seeing a friend’s face pop up on a video screen is not as much fun as an in-person visit, but it’s . . . enough. The whole experience certainly has clarified who the people are that I really want to see.
I’ve also done more activities not related to technology than ever. There are six of us here, ranging in age from 22 to 64.
We have done:
- paint night
- blind coffee taste test (McDonald’s overall winner. Really.)
- blind beer taste test (Molson Canadian overall winner. Really.)
- giant crossword puzzle
- jigsaw puzzles
- learn-to-draw night
- card games
- board games (Scattergories, Scrabble, Cranium)
- baking (desserts, bagels, baguette, bread, sourdough starter, pizza dough)
- walking and biking
- cleaning and organizing
In some ways this experience has a “time at the cottage” feel. We’re doing a lot of the same things we would when technology isn’t an option.
Except for when we’re using technology more than ever.