My 15-year-old son, who has been visiting his sisters in the U.S., called me yesterday.
Our conversation went something like this:
I don’t feel well. I’ve had it! he said.
What do you mean? The mom in me started to worry. What was going on? Was he feeling sick? Did he have a fight with one of his sisters? What could possibly be wrong?
I’m done with this.
With what? I asked (calmly) trying to keep the edge out of my voice.
With the pandemic, he said.
I breathed a sigh of relief. OK. Nothing major. Or, at least, nothing new. If it’s the pandemic that he’s sick of, then I could deal with that. Aren’t we all just about done with the Coronavirus and 2020, in general? Well, yeah. Duh!
I want to go to school, he blurted out.
I want to go outside, he announced.
My heart hurt at that precise moment.
It’s hard, I told him. But whenever you catch yourself feeling this way, just do something different than what you’ve been doing up until that point. If you’ve been sitting, then get up and walk around. Or go out to the backyard. Maybe read a book. Eat something. Play with your niece. Just move around and change the channel.
Oh! That ubiquitous channel.
This is hard. But we can get through it. We have to get through it.
We’re all stuck in a time warp of sorts. There’s nothing we can do to change the current reality, but we can figure out ways to not let it depress us or make us spiral out of control due to fear, and the seemingly unending nature of this thing.
This week the Public Health Officer of Canada said that we’re likely to be in a COVID19 mode for the next 2 – 3 years. Oy vey! Just that piece of news can make anyone feel despair. Yet, we can’t just stop everything we’re doing. At least, not entirely. Life was not meant to be put on pause indefinitely, although we have been in a weird slow version of it for months now. Nevertheless, we have to find ways to deal with the uncertainty and the fear.
We have to keep going. Make plans, even if they’re virtual. Get outside. Read books. Go to doctors’ appointments. Write. Find joy in everything you do. Stay connected with others.
Get up the next day and do it all over again.
I would love to hear how are you changing the channel on this pandemic.
Cross posted to the Two Writing Teachers Tuesday Slice of Life Story Challenge.