Good morning, my friends. I hope this day finds each of you home, healthy, and cozy. We didn't do much this past weekend, and I am not going to feel bad about that. We played a family favorite card game together. We call it 31, but I know some people know it as Knock Knock or Skat. We have been playing every night after dinner, and the kids look forward to it each time.
We watched mass online, went for walks, played outside, cooked together, read, and took naps. Some days I am full of energy and clean bedrooms and baths, change sheets, teach school, and prepare meals. Other days I sip coffee in bed, move to the couch, snuggle under a blanket, and rest. I give myself permission to do all these things because right now is this. This is unprecedented, strange, scary, confusing, and new. We are all making our way through as best we can.
If I may offer a piece of advice, it would be to spend this time in ways you wish. We all have things we said that we would do if only we had the time. And if for you, that time is now, then organize the closets, finish the scrapbooks, paint the kitchen. You have the time. Don't feel pressured, however, to accomplish a major task simply because you are home. If you don't feel like undertaking a huge project right now, you don't have to. Now is not the time to cave to social media pressure or feel bad about yourself if you choose to watch movies or play games with your family. You do you. Do what is best for you, your mental and physical health, and that of your family. Listen to the experts, follow the guidelines, pray if that is something you do, and realize this is our new normal. For now. Not forever.