31.9 F
Fredericksburg
Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Buy now

Coronavirus and the American Family

“We are stripped bare by the curse of plenty” – Winston Churchill

 

Photo: Corey Miller Photography

I’m not sure where we will be when you read this, but as of now, we’re all in a bit of a national holding pattern. Our government and state officials, along with our top health care advisors at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have us cooperating in a social distancing quarantine in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

For many parents, myself included, we suddenly found our second shift running concurrently with our first shift with a new job title added—teacher. I was working, managing the house with my wife and homeschooling the kids. When your kids (we have three) are in school a large portion of the day for 180 days per year, the weekends fly by and you forget what it’s like to be on essentially a summer schedule with no camp options. That said, I got clued in pretty quickly that I should take full advantage of my ability to gain a second wind after 8 pm and just shift all of my work to an admin by day, writing and editing by night schedule.

COVID-19 was disruptor. It exposed our deficiencies. It showed us that the rich and poor have the same fate now and in the end. It stripped us of control and thrust us all into uncertainty. However, if you had the right head about you, it was a welcome shake up.

Here’s what I observed…

Each day as I strolled through my neighborhood now that I had more time to hit my step goal, I saw countless couples walking and talking, kids playing with balls and riding bikes, families and neighborhood kids riding bikes together, people working on their yards. It felt like a departure to a simpler time, and it’s something I think we needed as a nation. Technology was threatening to run away with us all and keep us on the hamster wheel—Grind! Produce! Get more! We had become busier making lives than living life. Our kids were riddled with anxiety, suffering silently from depression, and under academic pressure to succeed. And when COVID-19 smacked us into 1960, none of that seemed to matter. It’s been about connecting with people, caring for people in need, supporting and sustaining local small businesses, and enjoying quality family time with kids and spouses.

And that’s the America I hope comes out on the other side of COVID-19. Caring, concerned, and cohesive with strong families and thriving communities. Because hey, sometimes what seems to be a curse truly is a blessing. Stay open.

Chris Jones
Chris Joneshttps://www.fredericksburgparent.net
Chris Jones is an award-winning journalist and graphic designer and editor of Fredericksburg Parent. When he's not editing or digging up ideas for stories, he loves playing classic video games with his 5-year-old daughter, getting outdoors with his boys, rooting for Pittsburgh sports teams, and reading books.

Related Articles

Tips For Adding a Rescue Dog to the Family 

You’ve made the big decision to welcome a rescue dog into your family. Congratulations! You’re not alone. According to the ASPCA, 2 million rescued...

The Role of Pets

Pets hold a special place in our hearts and home. When I was growing up, I had a mixed breed named Astro after the...

Top Ten Ways to Bust the Winter Blues

SPONSORED BY The winter blues. That persisting low feeling seems to take over in January when the holidays are over, days are shorter, and the...

Stay Connected

11,622FansLike
0FollowersFollow
2,312FollowersFollow

Sign up today!

* indicates required



FredParent eletters


Latest Articles

Tips For Adding a Rescue Dog to the Family 

You’ve made the big decision to welcome a rescue dog into your family. Congratulations! You’re not alone. According to the ASPCA, 2 million rescued...

The Role of Pets

Pets hold a special place in our hearts and home. When I was growing up, I had a mixed breed named Astro after the...

Top Ten Ways to Bust the Winter Blues

SPONSORED BY The winter blues. That persisting low feeling seems to take over in January when the holidays are over, days are shorter, and the...

ASK MOM: Self-absorbed children embarrass mom

THE PROBLEM: I’m a little frustrated that my kids all seem to be pretty self-absorbed. It’s not that they’re not kind to others (they...

5 Keys to Unlocking the Magic of Early Childhood

 Provided by Parent Education-Infant Development, a program of the Rappahannock Area Community Services Board   During the first three years of a child’s life, the...