Saturday Slowdown: ‘The Great Realization’ By Tomfoolery

I revisited this sweet, thoughtful poem by Tomfoolery last night and was reminded of its magical quality. Definitely worth the few minutes of viewing time.

The caption on the YouTube video reads, “A bedtime story of how it started, and why hindsight’s 2020.”

First performed online in response to the Covid-19 pandemic in Spring 2020, Tomfoolery’s heartfelt poem has been viewed over 60 million times, its message of positivity capturing the hearts of children and adults all over the globe.

Just a few lines:

But while we all were hidden amidst the fear and all the while
The people dusted off their instincts – they remembered how to smile
They started clapping to say thank you and calling up their mums
And while the car keys gather dust they would look forward to their runs

If you ever wonder what I do to fall asleep at night, I peruse my YouTube viewing history of favorite videos that remind me of things I really like. I decided last night I should start sharing more of these with you good folks.

You can find more from Probably TomFoolery on YouTube here.

If you just watched the video, I know what you’re thinking. And yes, there is a touch of melancholy to recall those early days of the pandemic when we thought we were all in this together.

Even so, sometimes we just need to ‘remember how to smile.’

By the way – poem is now available as an illustrated children’s book.

From Amazon:

Written for his younger brother and sister in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Tomos Roberts’s heartfelt poem is as timely as it is timeless.

Its message of hope and resilience, of rebirth and renewal, has captured the hearts of children and adults all over the globe—and the glimpse it offers of a fairer, kinder, more sustainable world continues to inspire thousands every day.

The Great Realization by Tomfoolery