Life By Kristen

Go, and embrace your liberty. And see what wonderful things come of it. – Little Women

The Quiet of Quarantine

Hi all. Hoping things are going ok in your world and you’re staying healthy- both mentally and physically.

I’ve been working from home full-time only since last week- my museum was still closed for the season and we are a small staff at a big place, so was easy to maintain social distance and be at work, but the governor changed that for everyone last week.

I think one of the weirdest things of all of this is the quiet– I live off a main road and there isn’t a lot of traffic at any time of day, but especially at night which makes things a bit eerie. We also have a few of a Dunkin Donuts, a laundromat, and a Walgreens from our house so we get a bit of people watching in every day. We’re taking lots of walks which really has been the sanity saver for the whole family.

This weird time in our world also feels a bit like a gift– I’m home with the boys and we’re watching the baby every day do amazing things like babbling more, creep walking from one couch to the other, and listening to his laughter. We worried so much that we were going to miss some of these milestones and now we’re seeing every little thing he does. There’s also a set routine with a 10 month old baby that helps the pace of the day. I was working from home a day or two a week before the world stopped, so I’ve been used to getting things done with the baby around. Q is off from work for the foreseeable future. We’re fortunate his company is committed to coming back as soon as they can in a safe way, and also fortunate he has some paid time off to pull from before he has to file for unemployment. At the moment, we’re still planning to take a vacation at the end of April, but are waiting a few more weeks before we make a decision on it. In all of this, we recognize our privilege and are so thankful we CAN make these choices.

I don’t have any amazing words of wisdom or insights in these crazy times, but I hope that wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, that you’re being safe and staying home when you can. Sending love and light to you and yours.

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