Overwhelmed and a New Normal
These last few months have been crazy, haven’t they? Did you feel like you were failing as a sudden homeschooling parent? I bet you hated the feeling of your cozy home closing in on you.
You weren’t (and aren’t) alone. Our busy, nonstop lives ground to a halt. A screeching, turbulent halt. It’s OK if you and your kids have eaten nothing but ramen and school was done at 8 p.m. in pajamas. It’s OK if once the kids were in bed you sat in your tub and cried because you hadn’t seen anyone other than your family for weeks on end.
We live in a small neighborhood in a small city. What I have seen is kids riding their bikes, families sitting on the front porch, and siblings both fighting and laughing together. We sit outside in the afternoon and chat with our neighbors who are walking their dog (thankfully the road is about 20 feet from the house). My son rides his bike and waves to the elderly people stuck at home whose family can’t get to them to visit.
I hope my children look back on this time and remember that crazy spring school was suddenly moved online, but they had lunch with mom and dad every day. All their after-school activities were cancelled, but they spent the afternoons jumping on the trampoline or racing around the neighborhood. I hope they remember the good parts of being together constantly and not the fear of a deadly virus.
It’s a stormy, yet magical, time in our lives.
I don’t know what things will look like when this column comes out. I’m writing it at the end of March. Are we out of quarantine? Did we find a way to flatten the curve? Will we ever look at a mundane act like touching a door knob the same way again?
What I do know is life is scary, wildly rampant virus or not. Things are different, and that’s OK. It’s OK if you are overwhelmed and uncertain. We all are. You’re not alone. We’re in this together and will come out on the other side of this stronger and united.
Until next time, stay well and God bless.
Allison Wells is a wife, mother of four and an author. Her motto is "Life is short, eat the Oreos." Visit her online at www.allisonwellswrites.com.