I woke up rather emotional today. I’m sure you can relate. As the country song goes “some days are diamonds some days are coal.”
I struggled to wrap my brain around this isolation thing ~ I mean, seriously, I have worked from home the majority of my life, so why am I finding this so hard? (Besides the fact that I can’t see our parents or extended family, or especially hard that we can’t see our son, daughter in law and sweet granddaughter…. but if I dwell on these thoughts the tears will flow).
My mind drifted back to other times I felt “stuck at home” – for example, during blizzards while living in the foothills of the Smokey Mountains in Tennessee when the boys were little. There were times we couldn’t even go to the grocery store as road travel was simply out of the question! We’d hunker down, sitting next to the wood stove for our homeschooling, play games together – have legos cities all over the place. Oh my, I’d rather forget all the extra housework caused by wet boots, gloves, snowsuits after a frolic in the snow.
For those times when we’d lost power, we’d bring our sleeping bags to the living room to enjoy sleeping by the comfort of that wood stove pretending we were pioneers living in a log cabin. More than once we’d be warming our dinner on that wood stove! I was always thankful for the diligence my husband had during the summer and fall in putting up so much wood ahead of time for winter.
I know my neighbor Laura Mize will remember this – one particular blizzard found us without power for over a week. When our efforts of burying ice chests in the snow drifts proved to be a potential danger that our food would spoil, the two of us cooked up everything that wasn’t going to keep then gathered our families (5 young boys between us) we had ourselves a good old-fashioned potluck dinner! Those were the days my friend!
Isolation in a blizzard is nothing like “stay at home” restrictions of our current worldview.
I remembered today something from my past, can’t remember who to attribute this to, but I can remember…. “Even McDonald’s by candlelight can be a special occasion.”
Yep, I needed a distraction, something to make this out of the ordinary isolation a little less stressful…
I present to you ~ Fine Dining at Home
Use your good dishes, find a candle…simple potato soup never tasted so good! As did the daily ration of two Oreo cookies each (grin). Oh, my goodness! I’ve never bought so many Oreo cookies in my life! Not a normal staple in my household but it is quickly becoming so!!!
I’m hoping that each of you can find a little distraction, whether it’s putting a quilt on the floor for an indoor picnic or pulling out the candles with your good dishes ~ we need a little fine dining at home, wouldn’t you agree, to keep the emotions at bay, at least for a bit.
This too shall pass…. perhaps like a kidney stone, but it will pass. (grin)