We are in unprecedented days where the world is seemingly shut down for a time and we all hunker behind closed doors for fear of sickness. It feels scary, and lonely for some. For others it feels like a huge inconvenience that they deem unnecessary and fear driven. And then there are those who must go to work to save lives. For them it feels like a battle.
I’m choosing to view this time as a gift. A gift of working from home. A gift of extra days with my senior who will leave for college in the fall. A gift of concentrated time with my 12 year old on the precipice of adolescence. A gift of no practices, rehearsals, or stressful commute times. A gift of time.
Yesterday I started reading Little Women to my girls. We were struck by their creativity with so few resources, their time spent thinking and doing rather than zoning out. Their connection to each other. So in the spirit of 19th Century literature, here are a few things my daughters and I will be doing in the days to come:
Reading, writing, playing piano, playing ukulele, singing, Bible reading, chores, house projects, playing games, going for walks, dance parties, painting, crocheting, probably not performing plays, but who knows…our house often feels like one big musical theater rehearsal.
Since we don’t live in the 19th century there will also be video games, tv, movies, Snapchat, funny memes, and calling friends.
And since we are human, I’m sure there will be arguing, unkindness, laziness, annoying behaviors…and those who point out the annoying behaviors.
But we will do our best to redeem this time, love each other, lean on Jesus, pray for health and for those most affected by the battle, donate to helpful causes, check on the lonely, and wash our hands.