It was a year ago or so that our world closed up, shuttered down and we all went into quarantine. We heard the term “social distancing,” many of us of for the first time. Everything was shut down and travel was non existent. All of the sudden we were trying to figure out where to get masks and toilet paper, visually measuring six feet of distance, and heaven forbid if you had allergies or even sniffled around other people.
But something else happened too. We slowed down. All of the sudden. we weren’t rushing around trying to get every child to every practice, and grabbing whatever fast food was on the way. We were forced to stay home and actually talk to our loved ones. Maybe you rediscovered cooking, or read some of those books you never had time to read. Suddenly no one was worried about traffic because no one was driving into work. We discovered Zoon, and wondered why we hadn’t heard about it before…(Does anyone Skype anymore?) And we realized what it means to have a home office…with all of the family and all that means being at home – the pets, the kids, the grocery deliveries in the middle of the Zoom meetings.
And we looked at our home To Do list…because we couldn’t go anywhere. And we needed our homes to be more than just a place to sleep and do laundry. We actually needed to LIVE in our houses, make a life and memories with our families. We had to work, grow, fix, play and relax all in the same space.
And so, as more get vaccinated and the numbers continue to go down, and businesses open back up…and life gets back to “normal,” I hope we keep the lessons we have learned: That home truly is where the heart is. That we can slow down and it won’t kill us. That we can be happy right where we are, with not much distraction. and that we should never take for granted being able to see and hug those we love.
Life is short. Let us not forget that moving forward.