Hi there! It’s November already and it feels like a little bit since I’ve just written about life and the goings on. I started to write this post last week and, I’ll be honest, it was a pretty downer post. I was feeling the effects of the rain, the rising COVID numbers in our province, and the chaos of the American election. Thursday brought sunshine though and my attitude slowly began to change. On that day I was able to join Pearl’s class on a field trip to a local garden. Seeing as I can’t even enter her school right now, it was extra special to be a part of this.
On Friday, I had an extra long walk with a friend I hadn’t seen in months and Rose and I made a trip to the library. And on Saturday, we breathed a small sigh of relief as Joe Biden was announced president elect of the US. (That said, it was pretty disheartening to watch the race be so close.) It was another sunny day and we enjoyed our usual slow weekend routine of waffles. In the afternoon, the girls and I went to get our flu shots (Peter already had his). While at the clinic, new lockdowns were announced for part of our province, including where we live. It felt a little surreal to watch the live announcement with a nurse in full protective gear while we got our vaccinations. Lockdown went into effect last night at 10pm and will last two weeks. After our shots, the girls and I went to a nearby park and they played together while I sat in the sun and read my book. (Review coming this week.)
It’s disheartening to see our area take this step backward but I didn’t feel the anxiety over it that I expected. Partly this is because just that morning Peter and I had discussed and agreed that our family was going to go back to limiting our contact with friends more severely. We had been keeping our get togethers outdoors but had decided to stop for the next little while. The new restrictions mean some juggling of my work schedule due to a lack of childcare now but Pearl will continue going to school and Peter will continue working. So the difference is fairly minimal, at least right now.
I sat in the park, peeking up at my girls as they played Pirates, and sent a few texts. Checking in with friends, commiserating over the state of the world and quietly celebrating while I watched footage of people dancing in the streets of New York City. Life is complicated. It’s hard but it’s full of beauty.
This morning we sat on our couch and joined in with our church community on-line as we have for the past eight months. I’ve decided to make a short list of goals for these next two weeks of lockdown. A couple of small projects I’d like to complete but mostly some positive routines I want to implement. I’m going to make it a goal to reach out to a friend everyday for the next 2 weeks. Whether it’s a text, a phone call, or a letter, I hope to make that daily connection as well as deliberately spending time each day to pray for that person.
There’s very little I can do right now. I will keep my family as safe as I know how. I will wear my mask. I will bake bread. I will wash my hands. I will keep a journal so that one day we can look back at this and remember what it was like. I will pray. I will pray and pray and pray and do my best to trust God to keep making beauty from ashes.