All right, not really. It simply feels that way. Lockdown isn’t that much different for me as a writer. I’m generally a homebody — granted, the lack of Starbucks and easily-attainable espresso genuinely lowered my word count — but for the most part, lockdown is my normal.
For those of you extroverts out there, I’m truly feeling for you. We aren’t meant to live life alone and the absence of family connection is devastating for many — especially those with loved ones who need medical care and they’re separated from them.
I’ve also seen the strain on at-home caregivers and parents who have been drafted into homeschooling. This is not an easy time, but it’s clear that we have vastly underestimated our love of freedom and the chance to live our lives as we please.
As we start to come out of this extreme lockdown, I pray we never take for granted how wonderful it is to have a hug or look into the actual eyes of our loved ones and not their “Zoom meeting eyes.” I hope this has been a time of reflection for us and we never take for granted the simple things — like a meal out with a server who brings your food without looking like you’re in the “Contagion” movie, or sending your kids off to school, or graduating with your peers, or getting married with your loved ones.
As we continue to wage this crazy battle, I hope that we can appreciate all that we have in the day-to-day. May your family be healthy and safe.
“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
I read in the park to pass the days — which seem never-ending.