We are in the midst of challenging times. Every day a new restriction is placed on us. Jobs are lost, businesses will soon follow, the stock market continues to dive, stores are selling out many of our necessary items. The elderly are convinced that this epidemic is going to wipe them off the face of the earth. Students will finish out the school year online instead of the classroom and many high school seniors will never experience their last concert, theatre performance, prom or sporting events.
As Henny Penny set her world upside down by claiming that the sky was falling, we have gone into survival mode and wonder if we will. Yet, even when the threat is real and we have no way to combat this new enemy, we must be resourceful.
As our parents faced the great depression, the desperate situation created by drought and numerous wars,, we must first remember that we are Americans and we have been living the high life for quite some time now. Don’t get me wrong. There’s nothing wrong with prospering and succeeding in life. However, in our pursuits to do so, we have forgotten some basic precepts.
This current situation can cause us to stress out, worry about how we’ll live and freak out because we can’t find a roll of toilet paper. We could cash in all our stocks sell anything we have of value, look for jobs in a jobless environment or we could give up completely. The alternative could save us all from extinction.
First of all, we now have an opportunity to become bonded as families again. We’ll be required to stay home, so we’ll have to get used to each other again. We might even find out we enjoy each other’s company. Board games and puzzles might come out of the closet. Telling stories about our own childhood – sharing things we know how to do that our kids don’t – like balancing checkbook, sewing a patch on a tear, making ice cream from scratch, baking cookies, building something together.
As older adults, we have a wealth of information we can share. We don’t have to communicate in person either;. Now that we’ve been blessed with electronic devices we can share online. Parents can counsel their children on things that have been bothering them. They can advise them, teach them, read with them. We will have nothing but time for quite a while now, so we should make the most of it.
Young adults can shop for their elderly neighbors. They can check up on them from time to time. They can make sure they’re eating.
We will feel isolated after a while. We’ll feel cheated and lost at times. We’ll get crabby and frustrated over little things. We will have to settle for some of the simple things in life for a while, but during this time, we can make great strides in getting to know each other once more. We can build solid family relationships. We can inspire those in our care and others by being positive. The division which has occurred in our country may finally end as we start caring for each other again.
We won’t be taking trips to Disneyland or tropical islands. We will be stuck here in the beautiful land of Minnesota, which is on the brink of spring and summer. There’s an abundance of beauty right in our own backyards.
Don’t give up. We have only just begun to fight!