Time to take a look back at the month of April, our first (and maybe hopefully pretty please) last full month of complete social distancing.
What did I learn? How to sew face masks. Certainly something I never thought I’d be doing but I’m grateful for sewing skills and lots of fun fabric from my quilting days and the ability to provide these for my family and close friends. Masks become mandatory in Massachusetts tomorrow.
What was my greatest accomplishment? I don’t know that I accomplished all that much but I managed to set up a successful work-at-home routine. And I didn’t cry every day. I’m tempted to just say that my greatest accomplishment was survival.
Where did I go? I went to work where I was pretty much by myself. I went to the grocery store twice. And Dale and I went for drives every Sunday.
Who did I spend time with? And what did we do? Dale, Dale, and more Dale. We try to give each other space during the day but I’d be lying if I didn’t say I miss my alone time. We have established a pretty good routine, though, and I look forward to the moment when we gather each day and have a cocktail and chat about all sorts of things.
What brought me joy? That daily martini. Hahaha! But also improving my sourdough bread baking skills and FaceTiming with Jackie. Also all those flowers!
What do I want to remember? All of it. The tears of sadness and frustration and loneliness. The happiness I felt when we listened to music and played games. The car picnics. The friends who help us avoid the grocery store by dropping off milk and other things we occasionally need. The meetings on Zoom. The disappointment I felt as event after event, gathering after gathering, got rescheduled or cancelled. The resilience of my spirit. The feeling of connection when I reach out and remember we’re all in this together.
It wasn’t an easy month but we made it.