Welp. What a time to be alive. I honestly don’t think that a regularly scheduled day off ought to count as the beginning of our social distancing stint away from the rest of the world, but when the cherubim awaken at 6:00 am for the second day in a row and are chomping at the bit to polish their recorder skillz, I think it warrants a write up. For my own sanity, of course.
This is such a weird time and I find myself teetering on the edge of calm and paranoia. I think I may need a good cry soon, just to break the tension created by operating at such a high level of ongoing stress for the last few weeks. Sheesh.
I think everyone is adapting and processing the unfolding events in their own way these days. It’s very important to remind everyone that, as Mr. Rogers always said, you’re allowed to feel your feelings. I also think it’s important to allow others to feel their feelings. Belittling others for being afraid isn’t helpful. Publicly obsessing and oversharing every. single. headline. is also not helpful. The truth is somewhere in the middle, but it is up to each of us to make peace with our emotions in the best way we know how.
Even though we’re in social isolation, we don’t live in a vacuum. We have a responsibility to others, to be part of the solution and not part of the problem. So just as we have a responsibility to wash our hands and stay home when we’re sick, we also have a responsibility to use our online voice in a constructive way. This is not the time for fear mongering or shaming. This most certainly is the time for encouragement, funny memes, and kindness. Come to think of it, I can’t think of a time when these rules don’t apply. Perhaps the biggest lesson I’m learning from this pandemic business is that of heightened reality. These truths have always been a true, have always been present, it’s just that we’re more sensitive to the gravity of them at the moment.
So far our plan of attack for the 3+ weeks of social distancing centers around awesome coloring books. Luckily I found a few gems that I was squirreling away for Easter baskets. However, some dang kid found my hiding spot and we’re stuck at home, so I figured we may as well break them out.
Y’all. Go find this coloring book on Amazon or wherever. I don’t have affiliate links or anything, I just want you to revel in the glory like we are. I bought it at Wal-Mart and I die laughing every time a kid brings me a new picture they’ve colored.
I mean… look at this! Every single animal in this coloring book looks startled, offended, and/or ashamed just as all well-dressed pets ought to look. I looooove it!
Please also enjoy this inexplicably amazing coloring page that was found in a coloring book called, “#SquadGoals.” I’m tempted to frame it, but the artist requests that it be sent to his Granny in Texas. Le sigh.
Ok, that’s it for me today. Sending so much love to you all…I hope you know how loved you are, how important you are in creating a world that is loving and gentle in the face of fear and worry. It’s up to us to help and serve one another, my friends.