Three months ago, if you would have asked me what we’d be doing this weekend, I would have excitedly said “Celebrating our 11th wedding anniversary, and my best friend’s coming to visit from Chile!” We would have probably dropped the kids off for the weekend with family, and tried to sneak away for a mini staycation. See, this year was going to be a “redo” since we didn’t end up taking that trip to celebrate our 10 year anniversary last year (kicking myself now, but how would we have ever known). The following week was supposed to be spent planning a 2nd bday party for my friend Jamie’s little girl. Now all we’ll be lucky to do is a virtual WhatsApp call with “TheOG4” as we call ourselves aka my childhood best friends.
It’s been 2 months since we fell into quarantine and it’s safe to say, I’ve forgotten how to do all the things. Seriously, it’s as if being confined to our home has put my body into survival mode, and my mind has chosen only the essential things to remember. Like a computer that’s been wiped clean after being infected with a virus (bad analogy, but you get the gist 😉). I realized the full severity of my selective memory, as I attempted to put three pieces of clothing together (that didn’t include elastic) to look “halfway decent” for Mother’s Day. After back to back failed attempts, I just gave up and threw on an old over-sized button down over top my “quarantine leggings” and called it a day.Continue reading
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I don’t think there’s been a time in my generation’s life where everyone, literally everyone, has been as affected by something as much as this virus. A virus that seemed to come out of nowhere, and yet now it’s everywhere. As much as it’s turned my life upside down, it’s my kids who I worry about the most. Yes, they’re resilient and won’t likely remember it quite the same way we will, but it still pains me to put them through this at such a young age. So many kids who won’t get the chance to finish an entire school year…the thought just kills me. Seniors missing out on their “lasts” with their childhood best friends. Elementary kids like my son, who absolutely adores his teacher and would rather go to school than most other places, are having to adjust to a new normal that we never asked for.
Well we survived week one of quarantine aka social distancing from the Coronavirus, and yet there’s still so much uncertainty happening all around us, all across the world. Instead of letting my anxiety get the best of me, I decided last week that I wanted to document our experience – as a family. For me, when life feels like it’s spiraling out of control, I try to just focus on the things that matter. As scary as the situation we’re in is, I’m trying to use it as a way to reconnect with the simple things in life. I created this video montage of our first week “At Home with The Murray’s,” to remind me, and all of us, that social distancing doesn’t have to be a bad thing. In fact, in a lot of ways it’s just what I needed.