I wonder how many people will go with COVID as their C word.
Or, coronavirus. It’s difficult for me to, even if I wanted to. Friday is my #GratitudeAndShit day, and pandemic viruses don’t make the cut. I am grateful, however, to have this new reality upon me. It’s not been easy, but there have been some pluses on small scales.
It’s exhausting to read post after post about how to work efficiently from home.
I haven’t found that. There are small gains. There’s stuff like birds on my bird feeder and tortilla chips in my pantry to serve enough distraction to get me off track. But I’m eating less fried food and takeout, more conscious that I’d better watch my intake.
I’m not getting in those steps at Target and hustling to the bus stop these days.
I scoured my journal to find C words for this post. Amazingly, I hadn’t written anything about cookies. Lately. Or candy corn. Mmm. Or hell, the Colorado Rockies! Or Catherine Lloyd Burns. She played Malcolm’s teacher on Malcolm in the Middle. Always loved her.
C things I’m grateful for …
Conversations. We’ve had a few here at the house lately. Not always heavy, but maybe some we wouldn’t have had otherwise. Also, by Zoom with co-workers, who needed a bit of human interaction. No one taught us how to care for our mental health in a pandemic.
Chapters. This feels like a few new chapters opening in life, not only for me, but for others. We’ve all spun down our own roads for the moment, and won’t it be interesting to see everyone again when it’s all over? I’m hoping my chapters are good ones.
Tryon Center. It’s the building where I work. Well, I did for a while. My stuff’s still there, including some leftovers from before the outbreak. (Sorry, guys.) It’s historic and we might not be there forever, but I love taking up working residence in a place with a story.
Camdyn. She and Hayden have gotten along famously being cooped up. She is kind. She’s handling things well. She was the conference’s leading scorer as a freshman before the germ took hold. If losing the season bothers her, she’s not showing it.
Can. No, not a physical can, although I have a few Pepsi No Sugar cans around to help with the caffeine fixation. I’m grateful I can work from home. That I can escape the news when I need. That I can talk to Madison on the phone and order groceries on my phone.
What about you? What are you grateful for this week?