"We appreciated the slow days -- taking long bike rides, embarking on scavenger hunts in our neighborhood, hiking, tons of chalk art in our driveway."
It was such an overwhelming time. I felt like we were scrambling to figure out how to juggle remote learning, working from home, and staying safe. We kind of hunkered down and took everything moment by moment, and day by day. Our daughter missed her friends and her teachers so, so much. She loved seeing them on Zoom, and we quickly made virtual playdates with her buddies from school a regular thing.
We learned she's incredibly adaptable, and capable of understanding that our world was changing, and that we all needed to change, too. Our daughter's resilience is inspiring.
The most rewarding things were learning not to take anything for granted. We appreciated the slow days -- taking long bike rides, embarking on scavenger hunts in our neighborhood, hiking, tons of chalk art in our driveway. The abundance of outside time was the blessing we needed.
For one year, we had lunch as a family every single day. As we start to return to in-person school and work, we'll never have that consistent time together again. Those are treasured memories.
- Lindsay Martell and Eric Casella