April 16th versus March 4th.
It’s unbelievable how much the world and daily life has changed in those few weeks.
Everything is different but at the same time, everyone adapted and snapped into a new routine.
- There is no more school.
- No commute to work.
- No big city and maddening traffic.
- No walking in the woods, going fishing or playing at a playground.
- Everyone is working from home.
- Lots of time with family, and lots of connections with each other.
- Lunch together, and lots of talking about shared experiences during the day.
- Board games in the evening, instead of falling to bed like dead.
- Everyone cleans and remodels their yards.
- Shopping is planned ahead, and reduced to once every other week.
- Spending goes way down, no more impulse buying.
- No more going to restaurants.
- Runs and family bike rides around the lake every evening.
- No more horseback riding, or playing with other kids.
- No sleepovers.
- …and the list cold go on and on…
- We have no idea when this will all go back to ‘normal’.
It is crazy how much has changed. It’s also interesting though, how behaviors, habits and rhythms have changed along.
You develop a deeper appreciation of what you need and what you don’t need.
You re-discover how much simpler life can be. How much less stress we could have in life.
It feels like we were transported back to past times. Times when life was more local, when schedules were less packed and we didn’t pride ourselves in being busy every minute of the day and evening. Times when kids didn’t have all their week planned out with activities.
These are very special times and we all hope that we can get back to some kind of normal soon.
In our case, as a family, we plan to move to Montana. As a matter of fact, without this situation we would already be there now. So some kind of normal and predictability would be really, really welcome.
At the same time, I hope when this is all over, we will also remember some of what made this time simpler, and the joy it brought. I hope we will carry some of that over to our new ‘normal’ lives.