In the first part of this post, I talked about World Mental Health Day and how the significance of that date was different for me this year, as my son…
October 10th. World Mental Health Day. Also the day before my son turns 13. When he wakes up tomorrow he will have made another trip around the sun while living…
I don’t generally feel helpless, but 28 weeks in on a global pandemic I admit to feeling a deepening sense that my actions aren’t having much impact on outcomes. So yeah, I’m feeling kind of helpless. And my brain is trying to problem solve me out of that feeling with no respect for time or for the havoc the lost sleep is playing on my energy and physical well being.
Small house. Teenagers. Tears and laughter.
If this strange time has taught me anything, it’s to find gratitude in the little things and hope hidden in the chaos. The world may be burning down around us, but inside our little house we are all okay and for today that is enough.
Thursday, September 3, 2020…10:40am Almost the end of week 25. Since we’re counting by Fridays, the week actually ends tomorrow. But right now Brian and I are in his truck,…
Social Distancing Week 24 – I’m thankful we feel good about how the school year started for our kids. It’s not perfect. I do not doubt there will be challenges. But it’s good enough because it’s not forever. It’s not forever, it’s just normal for now.
While both kids seem “ready” on this last weekend before school begins, I know that there is no way to fully be prepared since there is no way of predicting how the school year will actually play out. But isn’t that always the case?
It was definitely not the most relaxing camping trip of our lives. But we were away from the place where we’d all spent most of our time for the previous 21 weeks, with great friends and in fresh air. The days weren’t easy, but there was so much laughter. We didn’t completely escape being around other people, but there was enough space that we only wore masks on one hiking trail and when we went inside the small store for ice or food. It wasn’t a perfect trip, but it was a little bit of what we all needed in this strange time.
Literally no other family in the history of civilization has lived through exactly what our family is living through right now. I know that tends toward hyperbole, but it’s actually an absolute truth. A truth that is somehow stranger than fiction.