Corona Virus Quarantine #190, #191, #192: All the things: September 28, 2020:
I took a few days off from posting so that my main focus on social media could be raising money for Pediatric Cancer. We did not hit our goal, so I am very disappointed, but I suppose in a year where we could not have an event, I should be grateful for any amount of money that we could raise. #perspective.
I am still going to hold out hope that people will continue to donate and push us to our goal. We are about $1,500 away.
Over the weekend we did the usual, or at least the usual for times of Covid. Normally we’d be at a volleyball tournament. This year, during the fall, we get to see our kids play sports. But in true family of five form, we had to divide and conquer. Bryan went one way, I went the other. The weather was beautiful Saturday so at least when we all got home we go to enjoy some quality family time outdoors!
Sunday was fun because we had a storm and got some much needed rain and we even lost power. I even tried to have a 10 year old volleyball practice in our barn…in the dark. That was new and different. The kids thought it was pretty awesome.
Today was a “get stuff done” kind of day and whenever you plan for one of those, something always goes wrong. In the case of today, my phone stopped working. Like…completely. It was bizarre. So I went to Verizon and got myself a new phone, that only took 2 hours. I’d been using my current phone for 5 years, I had no idea. Let me tell you about buying a new cell phone…it’s painful. Holy moly, when did they get so expensive? I threw up in my mouth at the thought of having to buy our 5 kids phones…many years from now. Yikes, I will need a second job.
The bonus of a new phone is the camera! I do not own a camera anymore, my phone basically serves as my camera and this phone has a really nice one. Here are some of the photos I took tonight.
I have to tell you, I’ve been in a state the past few days. I am not sure if Covid teaching, Covid coaching or just Covid in general but it has gotten the best of me. I have felt the ugliness of the world weighing on my shoulders.
I had a conversation with a dear friend, also a mom of small children, about the state of the world, and kids in school with masks, the impending flu season and all the things that are weighing on most people’s hearts right now. There is so much in our world that is unknown, there is so much violence and hate, so much divisiveness. Bottom line…there is so much that we can’t really explain to the young inquiring minds in our homes.
After school today one of the kids asked me why someone would want to kill a police officer. Ugh. I am assuming someone, maybe even a teacher, was talking about this at school today.
This is heavy stuff for the 10 minutes I’m in the car with them from their school to mine on my way to practice.
How do we properly explain to 10, 8 and 5 year olds why people would shoot at police officers? I don’t have the answer to that…but we did have a nice conversation about it and I am hopeful it will open the door to many more like it.
2020 has brought challenges I truly would never have seen coming. It’s a weird world we are living in right now. Someone I know on social media, can’t even remember who now, posted this and it really summarizes how I feel right now, so I will share it here.
I LOVE this so much. I couldn’t agree more. I am the happiest when I feel like I am filling other people up. I want to be the source of other people’s happiness. I guess I have been down the last few days because it feels like the world has forgotten this. It seems that everyone is out for numero uno. While I know that is NOT the case, it just seems like the vast majority of people have forgotten this golden rule.
I was taught it is much better to give than to receive. I have always felt that is true. Of course, in life, we expect some of the good we throw out into the universe to boomerang back at us…but we do good because it feels good. Or, at least, I do.
Helping others, making others happy is my sweet spot. It’s what makes me feel alive. I think if the world could just take a step back and look at all the ugliness that is being thrown around, maybe we’d kick our own butts and make a change.
Maybe if everyone followed Pope Francis’s words that “living for others is a rule of nature,” the world would be a happier, less dangerous, less hateful place.
One can hope, I choose to hope.