Monday, May 4, 2020

What Now...

What Now...


It is now May 4, we have been practicing social distancing and healthy at home for 40 something days. I have been through all the emotions bored, anxious, sad and even a little angry. This virus has turned things upside down. I am not going to say that there have not been some nice things about slowing down and experiencing a simpler, quieter life.

I am a teacher and we are still in school(NTI) for another week. During this time I have developed at home assignments for kids, contacted parents, and completed a lot of paperwork. So, there has been no shortage of things to do. However, school is going to be out for summer soon. It is different this year. The end of the school year is normally full of excitement and the promise of long summer days spent by the pool and lazy evenings filled with fireflies and cool breezes. The energy surrounding  teachers, students and even parents at this time of year should be buzzing with joyfulness and the exhilaration of freedom from the busy schedules and routines but its not. You see, we are in some sort of crazy limbo.

I find myself asking, "What now?" I have already slowed down. I have already been released from my schedules and routines, napped longer, and soaked in the quiet. Right now it still looks like there are not going to be long days on the the lake with family and friends or hot, sunny days spent with the family at the pool or summer nights with friends, cookouts, bonfires and family vacations. It saddens me to think that this may be the new normal.

Summers are made for living outside the lines not worrying about washing hands, wearing masks and staying 6 feet away from others because we are afraid.  We should be living loudly, loving fiercely and keeping our family and friends close.

May your summer be filled with tan lines, dusty feet, laughter and fireflies.







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