How Are You Passing the Time at Home Right Now?
Share your thoughts about how you’re coping with stress and staying positive during this difficult time
Some of us feel a pang of guilt for having taken for granted the important the people who keep our communities going – the teachers, the healthcare workers, the paramedics, the supermarket cashiers, the food service workers – and vow never to miss a chance to show appreciation for these people when things return to some semblance of normality.
Though I’ve fought back tears of frustration trying to figure out how to homeschool my kids for the next few weeks, I’m also grateful for this time with them, and thankful for their health and happiness. I’ve belly-laughed through games of charades, heard about a cheating scandal during a game of Go Fish, and have baked more cookies than we know what to do with. (Eat ’em all, of course.)
My son taught me how to play the Fortnite video game, something I never thought I’d have an interest in learning, and we’ve had some wonderful times playing together online with his friends and mine. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve watched Frozen 2 with my daughter. I got my finger calluses back from playing guitar again, and have even dusted off that novel I started all those years ago. (Hey, if Shakespeare could write Macbeth and King Lear under quarantine from the plague, I can pretend to work on a novel.) And I’ve come to relish my now nightly phone calls with my mother to share recipes and hear which shops in her area are still out of toilet paper.
And while Zoom and FaceTime have become vital portals for work meetings and check-ins with family members, I’ve also heard about people hosting virtual cocktail hours and dinner parties with friends online. Anything to stay sane, to feel normal, to remain hopeful.
Please share your stories, advice, links and anything else in the Comments section.