Updated: May 8
Things are looking a little different right now.
I’d be lying to you if I said I was ready to get back out into the hustle and bustle of life. I rather enjoy spending the whole day in my pj’s and not constantly rushing to the next meeting, practice or lesson. However, I feel a bit sad for the things that won’t happen. For the memories we won’t make. This would have been the first year my son would have played baseball for his school. We had about three practices before the quarantine hit. But that sadness pales in comparison to the boys who were robbed of their senior baseball season, or the parents that were robbed of watching them.
It’s likely I’ll see my son throw the first pitch at a game next year. I’ll get another chance, but you may not. It's the little things I miss.
How are you making things like birthdays and holidays special?
My son turns 11 in a few weeks. I'm pretty sure #greatamericancookies is closed, so no cookie cake. This makes us both sad!
This will be the first year our “Easter Dress” is actually “Easter PJ’s”. Getting out to fill the Easter baskets is a little tougher this year. I know we’re all wiping down those #Reese's Eggs with a #Clorox wipe before they go in the basket! My daughter typically wants some form of clothing in her basket. This year, a #Target gift card will have to do.
It all looks different, but it isn’t all bad.
While this quarantine feels like forever, don’t take it for granted. I know it's so hard to work from home AND homeschool, but it's all about perspective. It truly is a gift.
If your family is struggling with health or job loss, your perspective is QUITE different than mine. But, if the only thing that changed in your life is the amount of trips you make to work and school, and the number of meals you have to cook, I challenge you to look for the blessings.
Are you getting longer talks with your husband? That’s a gift.
Are you getting more snuggle time and giggles with your children? That’s a blessing!
Are you finding the time to do things as a family — simple things like dinner, neighborhood walks, and basketball in the backyard? Those memories are to be treasured.
No, it’s not how we expected to spend this time. It’s not the memories we thought we would be making, but maybe these memories are better. I choose to believe that God looked across our families and saw stressed, hurried people who no longer truly enjoyed the way they were spending their time. For those of us not struggling in this season, recognize this momentary pause you were given to enjoy all the little things.
Life will soon return to normal. School will begin again. Grocery shopping will become mundane, and we will quickly forget this season. We will become rushed and hurried again. But for today, enjoy the sun, drink some coffee, and be thankful. And if your heart is heavy, one of my favorite verses to cling to it this:
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind. ~2 Timothy 1:7