I cried in the shower.
This pandemic is so heavy and makes me long for the life I once lived.
I long for the days when I was exhausted from kid activities.
I long to kiss my kids and watch them head into school.
I long to dig my toes in the sand and be annoyed at how many people fill our beaches on their spring break.
I long to watch my parents and kids embrace in the sweetest hugs you’ve ever seen.
I long to sit at a restaurant and laugh with my husband over a bottle of wine.
I long to go for a bike ride with my family just because and not because we have “got to do something outside or we will lose our minds.”
I long to see my friends, laugh with them, and have them over around our dinner table.
I long to go to work and see my co-workers in person.
I long to delete my Zoom account and live fully present in the real world.
As much as I long for those days. Our family continues to practice social distancing.
We know those days will come.
We know it won’t be like this forever.
So today, again, we stay home. We work hard to love our new norm. We work hard to create new memories. And we really work hard to do our best with what we have been given.