Updated: May 1, 2020
Find something positive in the daily grind, even for just a moment.
If you are a parent, like me, living in MA, you are waking up this morning realizing the juggling act of WFH, teacher, cleaner extraordinaire, and sanity keeper isn't ending in 2 weeks. And though a new date has been established of May 4, you're asking yourself, "How much longer am I really going to have to do this?"
Maybe you want to pull the covers over your head and stay in bed. Maybe you were online late into the night finding suggested lesson plans and mapping out a class schedule for your kids for the next several weeks. Maybe you don't have the energy to imagine anything else and you're going to rely on the rhythm already established to carry you and your family along. Maybe you want to give it the finger and scrap it all in defiance. All legit.
And then there's our kids. Some are embracing the freedom, some are bored out of their minds and others are trying to comprehend what exactly is happening. They know the rules have changed and though not going to school may seem like vacation, it isn't exactly fun. While they may be spending a lot more time playing their favorite video games and on screens in general, the thrill might be fading. The nagging question: "When is this going to end?" plagues all of us, including our kids.
Find something to hold onto today. Some positive in all of this. Maybe it's watching the crazy release of pent-up energy by your kids at the end of the day. Or noticing the kindnesses people are extending each other. Or the fact that iris, tulips, and daffodils are poking their heads out of their winter beds amidst all of this chaos. The uncertainty and unrelenting nature of the now pushes us all to the edge. Some days worse than others. If nothing else, trust in the universality of this experience. We truly are all in this together.