In Other Words With Dave – April 2020
“You’re panicking but that’s okay.”
“I don’t know whether to take a nap or make a coffee.” “Are the board games in the attic?”
Those are just some of the things I’ve heard around the house this week. If your household is anything like mine, it’s been an interesting time that will undoubtedly be imprinted in our memories – as well as world history.
My mother could recount exactly what she was doing when President Kennedy was assassinated. Alison remembers experiencing the Murrah Building explosion so clearly, she was working in the Oklahoman tower and thought a helicopter must have crashed into the building. I experienced the 1992 L.A. Riots up close. I was downtown the night that event ignited. I remember driving west from downtown as carefully and quickly as possible. What we are experiencing now will undoubtedly be recounted to our children and grandchildren.
Hopefully, some memories of this tragic event will include how the quarantine brought people together and allowed some of our best to shine through. I have observed families spending time together. I’ve seen this on my neighborhood walks, families out playing catch, shooting baskets, riding bikes – families being together. Families making memories.
Once we grow tired of scrolling and Netflixing, this “new normal” can allow us time to pause, reflect and re-evaluate what’s important. For me, I’ve moved the treadmill into the living room, I retrieved the board games from the attic, my drawing pad and pens are now next to my favorite comfy chair. And I’m finally exploring that box of stamp and coin collections my dad left me.