When was your last “normal” day?
What were you doing when the world turned upside down?
For me that was Friday, March 13th 2020.
Like toppling dominoes, one cancellation piled atop another. Our public school went remote. Our synagogue cancelled Sabbath services. Our town library closed. My gym and dance studio closed. An up-coming business trip was cancelled. My private students cancelled their lessons. My daughter came home from college (thinking it would be a few weeks).
Oh, and my son’s engagement party was planned for that weekend.
I’m glad I didn’t know how long the doom would last. How many lives would be lost.
There is hope now. But our world is different. You are different. Hopefully, you’ve gained some things amidst all the losses.
I learned the primacy of relationships over work and ambition.
I learned that absence makes the heart grow fonder and stronger.
I learned how much I miss my grandchildren.
I learned that children are better mask-adapters than adults.
I learned it’s okay to sit in the car and cry.
I learned to surrender to uncertainty.
I learned to expect plans to change.
I learned how to teach lessons over Zoom.
I learned we can build bridges with words.
I learned words I wish I didn’t have to utter: lockdown, social-distancing, aerosols, quarantine, asymptomatic, fomites, super-spreader…
I learned that family members can hold vastly different beliefs from me.
I learned that when things are looking really bad, look toward the heavens.
I learned just how wise my young adult children have become.
I learned that writing can sustain me.
I learned what I can and cannot live without.
I learned just how lucky I am. ~