It’s Not a Generational Thing

The boredom has set in; the honeymoon may very well be over. Today, marks one week of no school (and Day 13 of our family’s quarantine). Each week, there seems to be a new norm we all have to find the courage to adapt to and this week, our Governor of Wisconsin has suspended all sleepovers and play dates. I think we finally have the attention of all generations, big and little.

I could see and feel the agitation from my daughter build right before her mouth spewed the words, “Well, you get to do everything you want and we don’t!” I know she’s bored and frustrated, but golly gee. Does she think worrying over this worldwide pandemic is fun or having to parent my parents is entertaining? Each day, I’m connecting with my peeps from long ago and today and we share love and guidance.

I feel for all people living through hell right now. Their stories and situations cause me to find empathy I never knew I had.

The husband who dropped off his wife in the ER but had to return home while doctors had put his wife on a ventilator. The daughter who is eight hours away and cannot be with either parent to offer her love and support.

The mother of three who has no car and no access to the local grocery store (which is out of groceries anyways), so she is thankful the school is busing breakfast and lunch each day.

The young, healthy doctor who received an email asking him to step up when the first CO-VID19 patient arrives.

The new homeschooling mother who feels like a failure.

The family who is downstairs while dad is quarantined upstairs due to a fever.

The single parent (whose ex-husband is overseas with CO-VID19) who openly admitted her job is more important than homeschooling her kids at this moment in order to keep her house.

These are the stories from my people, the ones I call family and friends, in just a week’s time. It’s not a generational thing-it’s a humankind thing.

Published by jwoodlaird

As a child, I lived next door to the library, my mom owned a bookstore during my middle school years, and I've spent the last 21 years teaching reading and writing. Loving books was no accident!

4 thoughts on “It’s Not a Generational Thing

  1. This virus is and has tested the entire planet in ways we did not imagine. I have to smack myself when a pity-party sets in, and Idaho is just beginning to deal w/ the virus. My heart breaks for children. I hope you know your daughter is venting and you’re a safe space for her to find an audience. It’s not personal. Try to convince your heart.

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    1. Yes, thank you for reminding me. I could tell she was going to blow, so I took it in stride. She’s also a wee bit jealous because my girlfriends have set up a FaceTime cocktail hour tonight and I’m shooing them in another room! 😉

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  2. You are so right- I feel hemmed in and bored and miss my school routine, but if I sit back and breathe, I see that my situation is nothing compared to what others are dealing with. If I can help by staying at home, then that’s what I’ll do. I can’t imagine how hard this is on kids. The uncertainty the isolation it must be VERY difficult.

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  3. Great post Jen. I know it is difficult for everyone who is stuck at home, but like you my heart is breaking for so many people right now. I really responded to your line about finding empathy you never knew you had. There are going to be many stories told about this time in our history; I hope there are more about kindness and bravery than about greed and tragedy.

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