As we all know, these are truly some trying times that we are living in. I mean, “sheltering in place” and “social distancing”. Seriously? Who would have thought that this would one day be our reality? Certainly not me. It’s all quite interesting to me. The thing is, we’ve had trying times before and we have overcome them. What we know is that these types of situations can bring out the best in some people and the worst in others. I prefer to concentrate on the best. Who doesn’t like things that make you smile? One of my most favorite stories that show the resilience of humans is the love story between Jeremy and Tori. If you aren’t familiar, click here. It’s absolutely adorable! Also, check out Love Beyond Walls and how they’ve jumped in to help the homeless community combat COVID-19 by clicking here. It’s a wonderful thing!
During this time, I have focused on changing and improving my business. Since I want to move more toward fine art portraiture, I’ve been working on some new offerings. They should be available before I start back working. I’ve also been working on getting to know my family even better. Turns out, we are a household full of independent, solitary people. We each have our own corner of the house that we occupy most of the day. Since we’ve had to shelter in place, we’ve been more purposeful about spending more time together. Our 15-year-old son isn’t always on board with what we’ve planned but he participates anyway. What I like is when he is pleasantly surprised that he enjoyed his time with his parents. But I must say, when our time is over he practically leaves skidmarks in the carpet to get back to his room. He loves us but evidently, we’re just not as fun as his online gaming buddies.
If you have been reading the news or finding things on the internet, you may have noticed that divorce has spiked. It seems that couples are having to spend too much time with each other. One would think that is a good thing but I guess not for some people. My husband and I are used to working at home together all day. In fact, we’ve done home improvement projects together and never go into one argument. People were always amazed by this but we’re rather logical people. Basically, if one of us is more knowledgeable about the task at hand, they will be the one who leads said project. That way, no one quibbles over someone telling them what to do because the leader has already been established. Plus, we work really well together.
I must say though that I found out something new and kind of learned a new skill. I found out that my son’s favorite candy bar is the Crunch Bar. Mind you, we really don’t eat candy in our house, so I was rather surprised that he’s even had a Crunch Bar. And the new skill I learned was barbering. My husband actually trusted me enough to cut his hair. The entire time I was worried about cutting off too much. Turns out he did that. No matter, he did get a hair cut and I suppose it looks better than what his hair previously looked like. Let’s be real though, it’s a good thing that he didn’t have to pay for it. If he did, I could honestly see me not getting a tip. So, for the most part, we are fairing pretty well. My son nor I need to go out, although my husband does. He at least gets to walk the dog and make trips to Home Depot. We go grocery shopping once a week but that’s what I did prior to this. The only difference is that my husband now goes with me. I do hope we can open up soon, mainly because I want to go see my dad. He hasn’t been doing too well lately and instead of just talking to him, I would love to see him. Being that he’s part of that very vulnerable population, I keep my distance. Anyway, you all stay safe and tell me how has quarantine changed your lives. With that, I will leave you with this quote.
“We recognize that in times of crisis, there is an opportunity for real growth and change.” ~ John Bliss