This Rona season has me contemplating the simple things, the things I sometimes take for granted. I miss eating out with friends and family. I miss seeing people’s smiles (the rare times I’m out in public these days) because masks are covering their pearly-whites – which I’m thankful for healthwise, but it’s a little sad for my heart. I miss chatting it up with the person in front of or behind me in the checkout line. I miss running up to my friends and hugging their necks. I miss having people over my house.
In all of this, I have been trying to find the simple and the good and I’m happy to report there has been an abundance of both.
I’m grateful for the air that I am able to breathe. I’m not stuck inside my house. I am able to walk outside and take in the air that just HAS to be cleaner now without as many vehicles on the roads, or airplanes in the sky, right? My allergies have been pretty awful, so I’m not loving that, but in the whole scheme of things, allergies are a booger. Except when I’m out in public, feeling terrified of coughing or sniffling, because people look at me like I’m purposely infecting everyone with the rona. I’ve gotten really good at holding my sniffles and clearing my throat behind the new mask that my beautiful friend, Lisa made for me (and my entire family).
I don’t even know what I’d do without our little backyard. I ordered a 10′ X 5′ inflatable pool that is a whopping 2 feet deep and it is giving me life! My grandboy loves being in there with me, squealing and splashing. He is JOY incarnate. When our kiddos were young and we lived in the Mitten, we had a beautiful in-ground pool, complete with diving board and slide. This is a fraction of it in every way, except that I love it just as much right now, perhaps more because I don’t have to clean it for an hour every morning or pour my life savings into chemicals to keep it clean and balanced. I keep giggling at how hillbilly I look lying in that thing. I’ve no doubt we will laugh about Nana in her kiddie pool for years to come, but right now, it is my private respite and I am thankful!
My garden is bursting in every row and it’s right outside my bedroom door, so starting my day with the view of all that new green life is the stuff! My Honey has been trimming trees, and working on the yard and patio daily for the past two weeks and I am enjoying the fruits of his labor. I’ve had to continue (meaning I am SO blessed to be) working for my nanny family. My hours are long, although I only work 3 days a week, but coming home to a clean house, with dinner on the table and extra deep cleaning and/or yard work being done is my love language. My Honey has always been a hard working man and I so appreciate how he takes care of me and our kiddos.
Curbside has finally settled down so that I can get groceries in less than 7 days, instead of in no less than two weeks or not at all. I’m so grateful that we don’t have to go into grocery stores nearly as much as we were having to the past several weeks or so. Also, the shelves are stocked once again! It’s such a blessing to get organic food and just the things we prefer, again. I’m incredibly thankful for the grocery and restaurant workers & delivery people. WHAT would we do without them?! They continue to risk their lives to bring us what brings us life. Please tip them extra and extend grace during this exhausting and risky time. We need to appreciate and care for them.
ZOOM! I don’t know how we would get through this time without seeing the gorgeous faces of our friends and family. There is nothing like a real hug and conversation over a yummy cup of chai, but this app is literally keeping me sane and saving my life some days! I don’t have to clean my house to have lifegroup! I don’t even have to wear pants. If I want to yell at my Honey or blow my nose, I can block myself out and mute myself for a quick minute and no one is any the wiser. Also, I only have to make myself a cup of chai and I can meet in my bedroom! Seriously, this is my best life on some level.
Michelle Obama is doing a Read-Along on PBS every Monday from April 20 – May 11! If that doesn’t make you do the Happy Dance, I don’t know what will!!!
My home that is small enough to keep clean and big enough to find a quiet place when any of us tires of the others – which happens a time or two in 5 or 6 weeks – is one of my favorite blessings. It is cozy and colorful. There is food in the cupboards and fridge. There is always coffee and tea at the flip of a switch and a big, comfy couch to melt into in the living room.
Our property manager called today and told us to only pay half of the rent for the next two (May and June) months! – He already told us that April was free! How does THAT happen?! God is faithful and generous beyond measure. And we, in turn, got to bless friends and family that are going through some really difficult times right now. His economy is beyond magnificent!
Our children, their families and friends, our parents and our siblings and their families are healthy. Today we got a card from my mother and father-in-love in the mail. It was so encouraging and full of love. Such a simple thing and it blessed us so big.
Our auto insurance company emailed us that they are giving us a 20% rebate for April and May. Huge! After I received this message, I went to their page and found out they are doing all sorts of kind things, like:
- We don’t want you to worry about losing your insurance if you can’t pay right now. Starting April 1, 2020, we’ll waive late fees, pause collections, and hold off on canceling or non-renewing any active policies due to non-payment through May 15, 2020. Some states have already issued leniency guidelines, so we will adjust this timeline to either meet or exceed any state-specific requirements.
This was my favorite part:
First responders, health care workers, and delivery drivers are at the front lines of the crisis, and we’re doing everything we can to help by:
- Providing expedited roadside assistance
- Expanding coverage for personal auto customers who are temporarily delivering food or medicine
- Offering meal delivery for our for-hire truckers
- Providing a full-service claims experience for first responders and health care workers who experience a car accident. We’re providing transportation to work and expediting tow and vehicle repairs. And if needed, we’re deferring deductibles and providing a rental vehicle.
These acts of kindness are how My Pappa God brings joy into these crazy, unsure days of mine. There are plenty of horrible things happening out there, I am aware. I am praying for people stuck in abusive situations. I’ve been there and I can’t imagine how awful that must be during this time in history. People are losing loved ones to this virus and the victims are often dying without their loved ones anywhere near them. Many are facing financial crisis unlike they’ve ever known. I’ve no desire to minimize that or ignore it, I’m just, like many of you, trying to manage all of this as best I can and I am thankful for the heroes, for the acts of kindness that arise when things fall apart. I think it’s important to share the good stuff so that we can bless others with stories of the beauty that comes from these ashes.
Do you have a story of kindness or generosity during this pandemic? Please share it here in the comments. Each day is a challenge for all of us on some level right now, and I’d love to have a bank of “the beauty” right here for anyone who journeys through to hold onto.