My youngest child’s recent birthday marked a monumental moment for me and my husband. We are now parents of 5 teenagers. Five! No wonder life’s been a bit busier than usual.
No matter their ages, though, life’s always been busy for us. Some of the busy is good – it keeps us out of the house and active in our community. Some of the busy can sometimes be overwhelming, for both the kids and for me. For each of us, this year has had more stressors thanks to COVID19. Despite those stressors, well, and because of those, it’s been one of the most trying years ever. When life’s been flipped upside down, especially by someone or something else, it makes it hard to move in a forward direction. Getting to celebrate a happy birthday in the middle of one of our busiest weeks put the biggest smile of my face. That time to pause, to focus on life, and to celebrate it (with cake!) put things into perspective for me.
We’re still here.
We’re still doing things.
We’re still taking time to be thankful.
Being thankful for happy celebrations is easy. Being thankful to be living in a world where the new normal is anything but normal takes effort. When I look at what’s going on in the news and hear how others are living in fear, I see a world that I don’t recognize anymore. Society seems to have lost its mind with a novel virus that’s got a pretty high recovery rate. Terrified of humans and interacting with them, I’ve never seen anything like it in my life!
Life, as interrupted and upside down as it is, must go on. My kids can’t do everything they used to with some places still closed, but they can pursue living outside of other people’s comfort zones. So they do.
They’ve participated on sports teams and excelled.
They’ve joined afterschool clubs and learned.
They’ve joined other families for get togethers and enjoyed it.