In the Best of Both Worlds podcast, Sarah and I often try to look at the positive side of things. There is a lot to grieve right now — both the tragic and the more everyday unfortunate stuff. My eldest is turning 13 and I have been quite sad lately about his friends’ canceled Bar Mitzvahs. (Well, the parties — many still have virtual services). Still, trying to see good things is a worthwhile endeavor. It’s not about sticking your head in the sand. It’s about seeing the whole picture. It’s about controlling what we can, and sometimes mood is in that category.
So, this episode focuses on that. We list a few bright spots. I have not had to argue with a child about going to swim team practice in 7 weeks! I had not acknowledged how much of an every day drain this was. No one has to wake up for 7:20 a.m. choir practice or sort out how my son will get there when my husband is traveling. That’s because my husband hasn’t traveled anywhere (other than the grocery store) in 7 weeks. I am not trying to time baby feeding around trips to swim practice. I just feed him when he’s hungry and it seems to be working (17 lbs 5 oz at his pediatrician appointment this morning — 85th percentile!)
Sarah has likewise been pleased with the absence of kid activities. We had a whole episode recorded about our mornings, and reader/listener suggestions for how Sarah might get her 3 kids to school on time without excessive levels of naughtiness. This problem has now solved itself (though we had to ditch the episode — maybe we can recycle some of it when school is back in session). With elective surgeries canceled, her husband is also now home a lot more. The shift to telemedicine is opening up new possibilities for the future.