the luxury of lockdown

March 30th 2020

A week ago, the thought of the impending COVID-19 lockdown was scary.  To me, the word itself carries negative connotations.  Lockdown.  Lock up.  Like a prison.

But I’m now about 5 days in and I actually think it’s the greatest gift I’ve ever been given.

Day after day we have no structure, no schedule, no stress.

Everyone has a lighter load to carry.  We’re not watching the clock.  We’re not rushing about. 

And most importantly, I’m not missing anything.  I am here, at home, witnessing my boys’ doing life, and walking alongside them while they do it.

It’s not something we’ve done before, this staying at home for a holiday gig.  My husband and I are both self-employed so we don’t really get holidays the same as everyone else.  So each time we shut our businesses we feel compelled to go on ‘actual’ holiday – ‘actual’ holiday meaning away somewhere.  Exploring, adventuring, discovering.

But this time it is different. 

This time we get to just BE.

It is an absolute privilege to spend this time with my family.  Yes, sometimes the days are long and the nights are longer, but its a unique experience that I’m sure will never be repeated. 

And for that, I am grateful.

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