As of today, we have been home for 5 full weeks. 5 weeks that my kids haven’t been at school, seen their friends and just gone out to do their normal things. 5 weeks that I haven’t worked as a substitute teacher. 5 weeks since the older 3 kids have been to our house. 5 weeks since we last saw my Mom in person and gave her a hug. 5 weeks since we sat around a table and had lunch with friends.
It has also been 5 weeks of extra special time with my children. 5 weeks of figuring out how as a Mom, I can best support them with at-home learning. 5 weeks of being creative and thinking outside the box. 5 weeks of reading new books, playing new games and doing new puzzles.
There have been many times in these last 5 weeks that we have been more annoyed with each other than usual. 5 weeks of togetherness leads to a lot of short fuses and sassy words. 5 weeks of emotions and grief that we are feeling and don’t know how to express.
5 weeks of news conferences and press releases. 5 weeks of listening to people think that they know what is best. 5 weeks of codes, only to be extended by another. 5 weeks of some people thinking about how this affects the greater good and others thinking only about how it affects them.
5 weeks of Grace! Grace for myself, for my children, for my partner, for my family. 5 weeks of grace for the president, for the governor and for all people on my social media.