Erica Walker was sitting in front of the computer screen in panic.
The 42-year-old mother had spent years waiting impatiently for this moment – the ceremony finalizing the adoption of her youngest child. But now she struggled with audio and video as she tried to connect with nearly 100 families and friends who had joined the celebration online. It was taking so long that Dylan, the first student in the center of the ceremony, had to go upstairs for a bathroom break.
“Come on Erica. Breathe Erica. It’s alright, “Walker said to himself as he leaned over a computer keyboard in his house in southwest Washington. ” Oh my God. The judge is probably waiting for me. “
Walker did not realize that the judge and his guests had already been there and could see – and hear – clearly.
The coronavirus has disrupted almost every aspect of daily life and has led to the postponement of special celebrations, including weddings, bar mitzvahs and birthdays.
When Walker saw on the Washington Superior Court Facebook page last month that the court was closing most of its operations, she was worried that the adoption ceremony would also be delayed.
“I think my blood pressure has gone up so high. We have been planning this for months, ”she said. “Once the coronavirus hit and everything started to stop, I thought, ‘Oh my God, what are we going to do? “”