Life is strange these days. I’ve been thinking of how, as parents, we try our best to endure hardships with the smallest possible impact to our children, to protect them from scary news and preserve fun moments during a tough situation.
Sure, life is going to be different for a while. And being out of our routine can be hard. But I hope when my girls look back on this time, they remember that the world slowed and the words “Hurry! We are late!” – which pre-COVID-19 I uttered countless times a day – were never spoken.
I hope they remember…
- Taking long walks as part of a neighborhood scavenger hunt
- Practicing fractions while making cookie dough
- Doing schoolwork in a backyard fort rather than at a desk in a classroom
- The songs we laughed to during afternoon dance parties
- Weekend mornings when we worked on puzzles as a family rather than rushing to complete errands
- The time we dressed up and watched a Broadway play on TV together, clapped between scenes and even gave a standing ovation at the end
- The vivid colors of the sidewalks, covered in children’s chalk drawings and words of hope
I hope when they look back on this, they remember it as one of the most beautiful times in their lives.