A lot of bad things have happened because of the Pandemic, people have lost loved ones, families have lost their livelihood, their businesses, jobs…the list goes on. I’m not always the eternal optimist but I have to say if there is anything good that has come out of this pandemic it’s the time we have been able to spend with our children. We haven’t been able to go on big trips with them or take them to Disneyland or take them shopping or all those fun activities that cost money, a lot of us have just been home, that’s it, we’ve just spent time with them, period.
Honestly all they want is our time, I know it hasn’t been easy being around them 24/7 and trying to homeschool and keep them from watching TV and playing video games until their eyes fall out, trust me I know the struggle is real. All that aside they have just enjoyed having us there, they think they need all those things that cost money and we think they need it too but they don’t, they need to be cared for and provided for and they need food and clothes and healthcare and all those basic needs but when it comes down to it, they just want us.
I realize that I am fortunate, so many have been working long hours, no days off, always fearful of being exposed and getting sick. I thank you for that and want you to know that I haven’t wasted my time. I have truly enjoyed having my child home with me and being able to just enjoy her growing up. We only have 18 summers and I don’t have that many left so I am going to enjoy every minute.
This isn’t supposed to guilt you or make you feel bad if you haven’t been home, you are doing what you need to do to survive and we all just try to do the best we can for our kids and the best doesn’t always look the same for everybody, what is good for one family might not work for another. Keep doing what you’re doing, if you are a Mom or Dad stuck at home and feeling isolated, it will get better. If you are working non stop I promise it won’t last forever.
Enjoy whatever time you have with your babies, they will be off living their own lives before you know it and we’ll be missing all the joys and mayhem, tears and laughter and to just hold them in our arms one more time like we did when they were little.