What a difference a week can make.
It happened during my daughter’s spring break.
The University of Virginia has an earlier spring break than most other colleges so she came home on March 6th. Although we were already talking about the ‘virus’, it was still a few days before the world started to change.
When I picked her up from the airport, I was wearing gloves, so we were already attuned to it, but the airport was operating as normal.
I saw my daughter walking over to me and all of the stress seemed to melt away, at least for an hour or so. I had her home for a week and that was all I wanted to focus on.
We were able to get in a mini shopping spree early in the week of the 9th, debated whether or not to go to The Plaza in Manhattan for afternoon tea and did manage to get it in on the 11th. It was while we were there that she received the email saying her classes were going virtual, starting on the 19th. Reality set in at that moment and I watched every muscle in her face tighten. Needless to say, we spent the rest of our lunch going over logistics given that we live in New York State. As the week progressed, my daughter watched several of her friends come back home, but she knew she had to go back to Virginia to get her car, books and everything else she would need for the next few weeks or months. So we made a plan: she would fly back on Saturday 14th, and drive back home on Wednesday the 18th. Virtual classes start the 19th. She would stay here until she heard further from the school.
My husband and I took her back to the airport that Saturday morning and it was in the car at that moment that I realized everything had changed in one week.
“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”
Dr Wayne Dyer
I’ve always hated sitting in traffic.
Now I would welcome it.
The crowds at the airport have always created stress for me.
Now the lack of them creates more.
The supermarket may have been out of a product or two.
Now I wish it was only a product or two.
I worried all night till my kids came home.
Now I worry as I watch them sit at home.
Waiting on line at any pharmacy was always a bother,
Now I hope the pharmacy has got what I need and I don’t mind waiting.
The alarm is so annoying when it wakes me up in the morning.
Now I wish there was a reason to set the alarm.
When I went out to dinner, the biggest decision was what to order.
Now is there any restaurant open?
I had to wait in the waiting room for an hour before I saw my doctor.
Now will the doctor see me?
Listening to my kids complain about school.
Now listening to them complain that they can’t go.
The gym is so crowded today.
Now the gym is so empty today.
Seeing a helicopter hovering above was never a concern.
Now you wonder why it is there?
Will I be able to get tickets to the movie?
Now will the theatre be open?
Stressing over the college process.
Now will the college be open for him to attend?
Opening the pool each summer is a pain in the neck.
Now can the pool be opened?
Hugging a friend, a kiss on the cheek, a handshake, all taken for granted.
Now you have to remember not to.
Basics have been turned upside down, emotions are confused.
What we have relied on isn’t there anymore.
“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.”
There are lessons to be learned. Choose your views wisely.
And when this is over, and it will be over, my perspective will be forever changed.
What about you?