I’ve been so wishing for a little normal and on Sunday I got my wish. Our family has been trying to balance between being COVID-19 careful and still being a family. I’ve not seen Georgia since mid March. I’ve not seen Jasper since early March and I can’t remember when I’ve last seen Buck and Lora’s kiddos. I’ve yet to meet baby Lilly. It’s all a bit much. I’m sure all of you can relate.
I’ve been so thankful that I’ve seen Kalissa’s boys Carver and Gannon. We walk regularly me staying the 6 feet distance away. Kalissa hasn’t been in or let the boys in my house.
I’m totally on board and really believe in self isolating. I’m high risk, my family all knows that. BUT, at what point does this become a quality of life choice to? I recently talked with my doctor about my risk and childcare and seeing the grandkids. It was a tough talk but a needed one. I have a few takeaways from that talk and am making some decisions. One I made is this. I’m okay to isolate but I’m ready to take one small step forward out of isolation. I’m going to start seeing the grandkids.
We’re going to be careful but I, as head of the household, have decided that I’m going to gradually start moving back towards normal family life. No we’re not having a full household family get together but I am going I go back to being around the kids a little more. My rationale? Covid is going to be with us for a long time. I am not distancing myself from them for 2 years until a vaccine is found, until testing is figured out to see if a person can have an immunity or any of the other “what ifs”. We are going to move ahead very cautiously.
As I said, we aren’t jumping into this…but I’m not going to give up seeing my kids or my grandkids anymore. I know how each family household is managing themselves. I know how often they are out and who they are seeing so it’s a somewhat controlled environment. For example, Kayla has been home with Jasper since she had him in January. She’s only been in town to go to the doctor when needed. Spencer does all the errands. She’s more isolated than I am. Buck’s family is much the same.
So Sunday when an opportunity to see Georgia came, I took it.
I cried when I saw her. Yes, I see her on facetime but in person is so much better. My life for the last 33 years has revolved around my kids and the grands. I am not willing to give that up even if it puts me at some risks. The kids are more hesitant than me. Kalissa has said, “Mom, I can’t forgive myself if something happens and you get Covid from me.”
I told her, I might only have a few years with you all and I’m not spending it isolated from you guys and if I get it from you, it was my choice to take the risk.
No, I didn’t snuggle Georgia all up. I didn’t hold her a lot. The two pictures you see are the only real time we were really close besides diaper changing. Like I said, we’re only taking baby steps.
The day was just what I needed…a little family but still in baby steps. Kalissa needed to borrow the lawn mower. So Karl and I watched her boys while she moved lawn. First it was her lawn, then she mowed mine.
While she was doing that Georgia slept and Gannon tried to take a nap. Carver and I decided to make pie. Baking is my favorite thing to do when family is around…. Here’s Carver rolling out pie crust….
We made a lot of pie…
I’ve been missing Craig so pulled out all of the stops and made his favorites. Strawberry Rhubarb….
Then peach. We had extra peaches so the one that leaked in the front right is peach with blueberry.
I’m super frugal and hate wasting the pie crust leftovers. There was enough for crust for two pumpkin pies so I made them too. I’ll send some home with Kelli when she picked up Georgia and some home with Kalissa for her and Craig. Karl and I will eat up whatever is left.
I can’t tell how good it felt to have somewhat of a “normal day”. I missed lots of reading and rocking chair time with the grands…we’ll work on that in the days ahead. For now I was content with a little more space than usual between us.
I know each family is struggling to make decisions on what is right with you for family contact with Covid here. Some of you are completely isolating…some of you see each other normally. Who knows what is right? For now, this felt right for our family….and Sunday night, I went to sleep with a very happy heart and pie in tummy. That’s about as perfect as it gets.