As businesses open back up and we're all getting back to some normalcy after these past few months of staying home and self-quarantine . . . I think I may actually miss the down time. COVID-19 forced many of us to slow down in our lives, and in my family it was much needed! As I was out doing my weekly errands I realized my household fell right back into the hustle and bustle of fast-paced living with ease.
I felt myself missing the peacefulness of being stuck at home and unable to “go-go-go” as we tend to do. Weeks go by and I find that the kids and I may have only had a few words in passing as they’re usually coming and I'm often going.
Everyone's in such a rush. My son is a U.S. Marine and one of the big sayings they love to use is “hurry up and wait.” Through this, I've come to realize . . . that's kind of what we are doing in life. Always in such a hurry with nowhere to go. I've enjoyed these past few months of the 'wait.'
As a family, we see more of each other lately and spent some much needed quality time together, albeit, because there's absolutely nothing else to do.
Nonetheless, I've enjoyed the time we've been forced to spend together; the time to ask one another about our day and our work; to have real conversations and the time to truly listen to one another.
We have played games to pass the time, picked up hobbies, watched movies and finished home improvement projects that had fallen to the wayside. One of my favorite things have been getting back to family dinners. When the kids were young, we had dinner at the dining room table every evening. As they became teens that slowly ended and dinner became a free for all, everyone coming in at different times, grabbing their plate and rushing back out to meet with friends or extracurricular activities. After a while, the only time we sit at the table as a family is on the holidays. During the 'stay home', with nowhere else to go . . . we eat together daily. It was not only because there was nothing else to do but also a way to not be wasteful of the food so there were less trips to the grocery store.
Now that the stay home order has been lifted, we are still getting together in the evenings and having our family dinner. I hope to implement some of the things we have been doing during COVID-19 into our daily lives as we move forward. I hope to continue to have game nights and family dinners together. My hope is that we all slow down and learn to 'stay home' and enjoy our homes and each other’s company WITHOUT a worldwide pandemic or a governor's order telling us to!
“In truth a family is what you make it. It is made strong, not by the number of heads counted at the dinner table, but by the rituals you help family members create, by the memories you share, by the commitment of time, caring and love you show to one another, and by the hopes for the future you have as individuals and as a unit.” Marge Kennedy.
Until next week, stay safe and stay healthy and remember . . . we're all in this together!
Upcoming . . .
Crawfordsville District Public Library will play host to 'Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds Q&A' Thursday at 6 p.m. This is an online event.
Starting today, you can watch CDPL resident nature expert Stephanie talk on Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds; you'll learn information on the species, from hummingbird season, to life cycle, migration, making nectar at home, and more! Then, you can join in for a live zoom meeting to ask Stephanie questions and level up your backyard hummingbird game!

Stacey Baschwit works at The Paper of Montgomery County, along with her many other duties, and writes a weekly column about the people, places and events that make up her world.