Stay Safe at Home, I Need Summer

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I’m an extrovert. Staying home for a prolonged time is hard for me. My self-care is being out with friends, going out to dinner, for drinks, to parties, to concerts. Basically, being with the people I love out in the world. So, this is hard. So. Hard. Lately, one of my favorite lines, from one of my favorite songs, keeps going around and around in my head.

I need the smell of summer, I need its noises in my ears.

When I say I need summer, I mean it. I need the sun and warmth. I need the summer nights spent with friends watching the kids play in the yard having fun with their friends. I have weddings to attend. I want to see the people I love show their love for each other. I want the lazy afternoons spent at the park or sitting on the patio. My daughter needs the socialization and learning that goes along with her camps and activities.

Now, stay with me here. I know this all sounds very selfish. BUT, right now, I am being selfless. My family and I are doing what we can do to stay home. We are safe at home. I know we are privileged to be able to say that. By being able to stay home, though, we are helping those that are essential; we are helping the single parents and elderly who have no choice but to be at the grocery store by NOT BEING THERE.

COVID-19 has been a scary time for lots of families–mine included. We are living day to day in a new normal. Days run into each other, school/work at home is hard, and I keep telling myself “just make it to summer.” Please, if you are able, stay at home. Practice social distancing so we can all have our summer.

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