And just when we didn’t think we could place more value on our teachers, their status has been elevated to solid gold!
“I’m happy that my husband stocked up on groceries so we don’t have to go to the grocery store very often. I’m also thankful for YouTube videos that help me with my son’s math. The way the schools teach math is very different than what I had growing up. I am NOT smarter than a 5th grader in math!”
Even sharing a normal rite of passage like teaching a teen to drive becomes a more precious memory made; marked not by dark events, but made extra-special in a way that would have been routine in our life before, where the ocean appeared less blue.
From the moment our children are born, the elders tell us, “Cherish every moment – they grow up so fast.” We hear it then, and we know it’s true. Through the years, we hear it in the back of our mind when duty calls. We hear it in the morning as we’re rushing out the door and we hear it in the evenings when we are so tired from a long day. We hear it and we think… there will be more time tomorrow or on the weekend, but in the meantime, we are missing out. This stay at home order has allowed us the mental and physical freedom to cherish more moments.
Self-care in the form of a creative outlet, to do what makes us happy or the mental permission to do nothing at all, is important. All of those ‘someday’ projects and catch-up phone calls become reality, and it feels good. It feels really good.
So, somehow even in the midst of the very real grief we feel for those who are suffering, those at risk and those we miss, we are finding silver linings. Because at the heart of all those things lies love. Love for our families, love for our community and love for the world we know.
If anything, stay at home has reminded us to return to that place within ourselves where the love lives and everything will be ok. We will be ok.
We look forward to the day when we can return to the norms of life, but for now, we’re happy here, where the love is. When the norm returns, we hope more of the love comes with it.
Grateful and well at home –
Your friends at KDA