We have now been physically distancing for 50 days. We try to get outside everyday, to play in our backyard or to walk around the neighborhood. Mike makes a weekly grocery trip or two. But there have been no family visits, no friendly gatherings, no weekend travels, no mountain hikes, no playgrounds.
And I am still thankful for so much. I’m thankful that Mike works for Amazon Music – a company where his job is safe, and where he’s supported while he works at home. I’m thankful that we were a homeschooling family before the pandemic, so Ethan and I are both used to the concept and practice of learning at home. I’m thankful that we’re healthy and safe, together.
I’m so thankful for spring sunshine, and for the friends and family who’ve continued to check in with me. I’m thankful for books and podcasts and classic comfort tv shows. I’m thankful beyond measure for my kid, who is such a burst of sunshine and cuddles, who will snuggle on the couch with me and read the whole morning, who has the biggest imagination, who is independent and creative and totally capable of entertaining himself for hours. He colors, he sings and dances, he makes sure the dogs feel loved by covering them in kisses and toys. He makes up fairy tale stories and takes lots of pictures and puts on shows and makes me laugh. Oh, how I love this kid.
I’m thankful that this whole situation has brought me closer to a handful of people – friendships and family bonds that have sparked or deepened. I’m thankful that some of them are in Ohio, and I’m thankful that we still get to move, albeit later than we’d planned.
And finally, I am thankful for those who continue to sacrifice for the good of the greater community: firefighters, grocery store clerks, janitors, nurses, mail carriers, all essential workers – and those of us considered nonessential, who are doing our part and staying home. The beaches will be there. Stay home, keep each other safe.
If you’re looking for something to watch: I will always recommend Parks and Rec
If you’re looking for something to read: I’m currently reading Notes on a Nervous Planet, and I’m digging it so far
If you’re looking for a podcast: If you’re feeling edgy, Armchair Expert
If you’re looking for a way to help: Donate to Feeding America