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It’s hard to believe, but we are going on our EIGHTH week of quarantine here in the Chicago suburbs. Never in a million trillion years did I think the entire world would shut down, and yet, here we are. It’s so easy to think about all the things we are missing during this stay at home time, however, I’ve actually found myself appreciating so many aspects of this surreal situation.
By far, the best part is being able to enjoy time with my teenagers. Normally, my twins would be so busy with school, sports, and friends, that I would hardly ever see them. Now, I get to enjoy little things like watching a movie or taking a drive or working on a puzzle with them. My daughter and I have also been doing her soccer workouts together every day, which has been so much fun. All these little bonding moments are so sacred to me because we only have one more year with them until they go off to college.
Beloved family dinners have also been a frequent event during quarantine. I say “beloved” because before all this happened, Sunday nights were about the only time we could squeeze in a meal all together because of everyone’s hectic schedules. But now, we are really appreciating all these meals together (even if it takes forever to agree on the menu!) and all the discussions that seem to come out of them.
I’ve also been able to observe my kids’ online schooling and see what creative thinkers they’ve become. For example, my son had to come up with a lab for physics, and it was amazing to watch the wheels spinning in his head and to then witness his ideas come to fruition. And my daughter had to make a video for her outdoor education class, and I was truly in awe at her resourcefulness. I mean, seriously, how often do kids have to really use their imagination anymore these days?! It’s been so cool to see!
Another bonus of staying at home has been daily walks with my husband. Taking the dog for strolls around the neighborhood has been the closest we’ve come to having a date in the past couple of months, and as boring as that might sound, it’s actually been really sweet. It’s given us a chance to talk and really catch up with each other. And the dog is obviously a HUGE fan!
Reconnecting with old friends has also been a big gift. I’ve had so many Zoom calls with my high school and college friends, and we’ve even had happy hours and game nights via Zoom with neighborhood friends. I didn’t even know what Zoom was prior to this, and now it’s a part of my every day vocabulary!
Who knows what the future’s gonna bring, but my hope is that some day, we can look back and think of this time as some of our favorite memories as a family. Choosing to focus on the positive rather than the negative is what has helped me keep my head up. I am so grateful to have a roof over my head, for my husband to have a job that allows him to work from home, and to be able to put food on the table (even if it IS 10,000 times a day). I encourage you to also count the little blessings in your life — trust me, they’re there. You just have to look for them.
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