Misc.

Dear Coronavirus….I thank you.

As we turn our calendars to the next year, and breathe a sigh of relief I might add. I can’t help but look back at 2020 with gratitude.

Cheers! To all the lessons learned, memories shared and books read, and to the pj’s we’ve been lounging in since March! Cheers, to the forced down-time and forced time to think, learn and grow.

While our old friend rona may not go home anytime soon, and the loss from this devastating time is incomprehensible and insurmountable but it won’t go on forever. Through it all, I can’t help but think about all the things we’ve gained from this time that won’t soon be forgotten.

Cheers to the things I’ve learned

I’ve learned that sometimes we need a alap in the face to put things into perspective. Two things are irreplaceable time and family.

I learned that I love to read as much as I love to learn.

I learned the power of kindness through chaos

What my kids learned….

My now ten year old son with Autism learned the value in reading and can now read a paragraph or two without help, which is huge! It took him getting stuck while playing Fortnite to realize this value, but hey…we digress

My youngest son who’s seven realized he loves dancing and singing.

Things we did this year…. well, we still lived.

I spent so much time with my kids that I will never get back. This time has been precious. They’re only little for so long.

We went to the coast twice. Bandon, OR and Eureka, CA and we went to Southern CA. Yes, we wore masks and took all safety precautions and obeyed orders.

I became a kid again! I rediscovered something I lived for as a kid…. roller skating. We went skating a lot. Thank you tiktok for opening everyone’s eyes to a trend we all thought was long gone.

And about tiktok, I’m embarrassed to say I discovered this app. And by discovered, I mean loathed….at first. Until I realized how much my youngest son loves dancing, we had so much fun on this app learning new dances.

All in all, it was a pretty good year putting aside how weird it was. I’m choosing to see the glass half full and embrace all I’ve gained, not lost.

What are some lessons you learned this year? What are some of the good times and positive things you’ve seen come from this year?