When I have my early morning coffee (my favorite part of the day), I love to check my “Timehop” app to see what we were doing on the same day in prior years. Today, a social media post from 3 years ago struck a chord. I wrote; “Looking forward to the day when our family is all going in the same direction and we aren’t spinning in 100 different places” . Well here we are, life as we know it has come to a standstill. I certainly got my wish, but how I wish it was under different circumstances.
We have been home together for a little over two weeks now, and seem to have fallen into some sort of a daily routine. Despite the crappy weather today, we had a summer bbq for lunch. Brian grilled hotdogs in the rain, and I made tater tots and macaroni salad – just like when they were little. At lunch, we plan dinner, and the day goes on. I found today a bit of a challenge without any outdoor activities – as the fresh air is essential for my mental health & clarity during this time.
During his daily news conference with our Governor, Phil Murphy, he referred to social distancing/isolation as “social solitude:” I can tell you our family is feeling it all. Distance, isolation, and solitude. It’s not easy, but I am trying to think of it as the gift of time, partnered with togetherness. I think the kids get it now, that we are in this for the long haul, and that we are not in control.
I stumbled upon a passage today from Hebrews 1:11, Voice – “Faith is the assurance of things you have hoped for, the absolute conviction that there are realities you’ve never seen.” Well, here we are, holding it together keeping the faith. It is what it is.
Stay safe, be well.
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