We’ve all had some major disruptions to our lives over the last year. I have said many times to family and friends that my little family is so lucky.
No one has gotten Covid in our house. We both still have our jobs and have been able to easily pivot to working from home. We have not experienced the financial hardships so many other families have. As a matter of fact, keeping our children’ out of daycare from March 2020 until September actually saved us a lot of money. We completed a couple of outdoor projects we had been putting off since having workers indoors didn’t seem like a wise decision for our family. Essentially, we are fine.
Sure…we are spending unhealthy amounts of time in our home. One may say that spending so much time together is not necessarily a good thing. We’ve all gotten on each other’s nerves and wanted nothing more to break free of the ties that bind our family together. But we are more Covid cautious that many. We do grocery pick up, Target pick up and Amazon everything. We do not eat in restaurants even outside. We have a trusted babysitter and only visit with my husband’s 92 year old grandfather. He lives alone and I cannot imagine the isolation he must feel. My children love to visit…probably because his new favorite pastime is sneaking them Fannie May Mint Meltaways. We bring lunch each Sunday and stay until the late afternoon. This is our only adventure.
So when I started needing to be in the office more regularly over the last couple of weeks, I was torn. I need to put on pants and makeup. I needed to be out of bed before 7:45am. But, I would be by my glorious self for an entire 45 minute drive there an back. Most of my day would be spent at my desk, also by myself. I wouldn’t have a tiny hand reaching underneath the bathroom door asking me which way a lowercase b goes…true story. I would be able to drink my coffee hot and complete an email without a come wipe my butt interruption…also a true story. I would be able to have an adult conversation with one of the few people also in the office. I would be able to spread out on my desk rather an the tiny hald card table makeshift desk I have been using since March 2020. It definitely has its perks.
But this morning, Aaron handed me Theo with a clean diaper and a bottle. He snuggled up as a breathed in the scent of him. He put his little hand on my hand and drifted back to sleep as he finished his morning bottle. He let out a content sigh and a sleepy giggle as a smile spread across his face. And in that moment, it took everything I had to peel myself away from him.
But I did. I got myself ready and emptied the dishwasher before the sitter came. The big kids stayed tucked in their beds long after they are usually awake leaving me to my thoughts as I prepared to leave the house. Each new transition in this year of unexpected firsts have brought the good with the bad. Not everything was Covid scary. Some of it was Covid cozy and for that I am thankful.
I am writing for the 2021 Slice of Life Challenge.
There have definitely been some covid cozy moments for us too. Thanks for sharing yours.
My husband and I can completely relate to your situation! We’ve been so careful, taken all precautions. I almost had/have…guilt? Not sure if that makes sense, but we haven’t gotten covid and honestly, staying home with our toddler has been the sweetest. We finally did have to return to hybrid teaching in October, so it wasn’t as long, but still quite precious. We’ve always been homebodies, so this didn’t help ha.
Theo is PRECIOUS sitting there with great grandpa! 🙂
Thank you so very much! It’s been a blessing in many ways.
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It’s good to be able to find the good amidst so much awful this past year. I’ve tried to do this, too, although a scary bout w/ Covid last summer had me making peace w/ the afterlife. Still, my 73 year old husband avoided Covid and has had his first dose of the vaccine, and we’ve been able to complete some significant home improvement projects. Since I retired in 2019 I missed pandemic teaching. I feel a bit guilty about that.
Never feel guilty for that. You may not have taught through a pandemic, but I’m sure you taught through some other really topsy turvy years. You did your time.
And so glad your husband is in his way to full vaccination. It’s been such a relief to be vaccinated.
Oh my goodness! Theo is such a doll. I love all the moments you captured on camera. Theo with his Great Grandpa, you and Theo, and the whole family. Like you, we have been COVID cozy. I am thankful for the many blessings the universe blessed us with during this COVID season.
I can’t say that my 3 teenagers were thrilled about Covid Cozy, I loved and so much appreciated every bonus day I had with my children all together. When the oldest two headed back to college this fall, I had to remind myself that getting closer to ‘normal’ was a good thing. I think I was liking Covid Cozy a bit too much.
By the way, I totally forgot about “come wipe my butt’ interruptions!
Come wipe my butt are some of my least favorite words in the world.
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LOL, soon you’ll forget about those words and miss them when you hear them.