Maybe Tomorrow

“How are you doing?”

I hear that question a lot lately, and I’m always grateful. Whether it is directed at me, or another person, I love knowing how much others care.

These past two months have been rough on everyone. I don’t know a single soul who is not yearning to be outdoors, or shopping, or dining out with their friends. The stay-at-home directives have been challenging for us all, and now we’re growing restless, and our nerves are wearing thin.

Coping

In recent weeks, I have decreased the amount of time I spend watching the news on TV and scrolling through social media. And I am happier for it. It’s not easy to dial back a habit, but sometimes it is necessary. For me, it had become an unhealthy coping mechanism.

We all know we could make better use of our time, but when we are stuck inside with nowhere to go, it’s easier to say, “Maybe tomorrow.”

There is always something enticing to grab our attention, to get us to ‘click’ and read further. Then, of course, we must comment, copy and share with all our friends. Before we know it, half the day is gone. And it’s time you cannot get back.

Hoping

The good news is that we are slowly coming out of the COVID quarantine. It will be a gradual process, so this is a good time to dial back the distractions, and make the most out of our remaining indoor time.

In our home, I’ve been doing more reading lately, and cooking up some meals from my dusty cookbook collection. Now that the weather is warmer, my husband is gardening again. We’re also back into “purging mode” as we prepare to downsize our home next year. That also means finishing repair projects, and tackling new ones we have been putting off. And maybe even planning again for our vacation that was cancelled.

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When you look back on this time years from now, what do you want to remember? Hopefully you will have some endearing and happy memories, as well as the ones we’d all rather forget. If you haven’t journaled at all lately, this is a great time to write down your thoughts. Organize your recent photos and write down what you were doing during this time and why. Wouldn’t that make an interesting time capsule?

With all the bad news around us, be sure you take time in the next days and weeks to remember all the good things going on too! I’ve enjoyed John Krasinski’ Some Good News on YouTube. (Click the link to see one of my favorite episodes!)

And on this Memorial Day weekend, please also pause to remember those who have sacrificed so much for us in the name of freedom. And pray for all our brave men and women in uniform who are serving around the world today.

Photo by Chad Madden on Unsplash

Mother’s Day 2020

“Normally“

Today will be different in so many ways.

Normally we would welcome Mother’s Day morning with open windows and fresh air. I would sip my coffee on the patio while listening to the birds. Not so today in northern Virginia. This morning it was 32 degrees when I awoke, and there was ice in the birdbath. Other neighbors to our north posted videos of snowflakes flying yesterday afternoon. How bizarre considering that last week I turned on the air-conditioner for the first time this season!

Normally we would enjoy a special dinner out with our family, including my mother and brother. This year we are unable to visit Mom in her nursing home due to COVID-19. My brother will drop off flowers and a card for her today, but they must be sanitized before she can enjoy them. And we hope to Facetime with her later, but this year she will not recognize our faces.

Normally, at the end of this day, I would go online and peruse all the photos of moms enjoying life with their kids, visiting grandparents, going out on the town, and dining in restaurants. Today I‘m sure I will see lots of family photos, but in a very different setting.

Adapting

We aren’t doing life “normally” nowadays, but we are adapting to a new way (dare I say, a better way?) of living.

  • Teachers, students and parents have all plunged, albeit reluctantly, into distance learning. (Well done!)
  • High school and college seniors have found unique ways to celebrate their graduations and commencements. (Congratulations!)
  • Military families are streaming commissioning ceremonies online, while demonstrating the importance of contingency planning. 🇺🇸
  • Families are spending more time outdoors, walking, biking, scavenger hunting, gardening, cooking and more. (Shout-out to my friend, Rita, for sharing this photo of a rock she discovered on a recent walk!)
  • Kids and adults alike are taking up new crafts and hobbies, or re-discovering projects they once enjoyed.
  • Churches, including small ones like ours, are streaming services online, reaching beyond their regular attendees. (Visit our Sundays Online page!)
  • And best of all, we are genuinely caring for our neighbors and those who are isolated during this pandemic.

Are you seeing it too?

For me, as a mom, this has been such a challenging, yet hope-filled time, to see everyone caring for one another. There is a lot of background noise in the world of politics and partisanship, but for the rest of us folks, we are just trying to get by. We are working together, at a distance, to make sure everyone has enough to eat. To make sure no one is alone. To make sure our front-line workers know they are appreciated.

We are living the example that Jesus taught.

“By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” — John‬ ‭13:35‬

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My Mother’s Day wish:

Don’t let this challenging time fade from your memory. Our doors and windows will swing open again one day soon. When they do, and when we all step outside again, enjoying our old, familiar activities, let’s continue to love and nurture one another.

 

Featured photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash