The kids and I, when the world is in its regularly scheduled routines, spend a decent amount of time in the car. A couple of years ago we started listening to audiobooks when we travel. One of our recent listens was the classic “Little House on the Prairie” by Laura Ingalls Wilder. It was one of my favorite book series when I was younger, but listening to it as an adult I was listening with the perspective as a working mom and wife. The fact that the whole family was ALWAYS together and did EVERYTHING together really struck me. They were completely dependent on one another for food, shelter, clothing, learning, fun. Everything. They didn’t see people very often and when Pa had to go into Independence the time passed so slowly. They didn’t readily have access to store bought items and made much of what they needed. As I was listening to the book I tried to imagine what life would be like in that kind of situation. We are so used to go, go, going. How would my family handle all that togetherness? What would it feel like to be so isolated from others. What would I need to think about if I couldn’t run to the store or order something online when I needed something?
When we were listening to that book I didn’t realize the impact that COVID-19 would have on the everyday lives of our communities and that I would have the opportunity to get a little taste of what life on the prairie may have felt like. We are 4 days into what would normally be a busy school week. We’d be going to church a couple times this week for mass and different Lenten activities. We would have had baseball, dance, choir, and piano. But so far I haven’t even pulled my planner out of my school bag. We have been able to video chat with some of the people we normally see, but the only people we have seen in person this week has been those out walking in the neighborhood. Stores are running out of certain items that we have taken for granted as always being available. It has been interesting. This is a good time to get “back to the basics.” We plan on spending time doing things that we typically wish we had more time to do. There will be a lot more prayer time, board games, reading, and playing in the yard.
Be safe and stay healthy!
I can't forget that before I wore many of these hats, I was me. In order to succeed in my other roles I need to take care of myself too. This is a tough one because many of my other hats are more precious to me. I think many can relate to this.