A couple months ago, I was quarantined – locked in with my wife, Jenica, and our son, Copeland, looking at our family finances. This isn’t something that I alone did; this is something nearly all families did. When the pandemic hit and we realized our country didn’t have a plan for this, we all took stock of where we were. Can we afford unemployment? For how long? Can we afford our housing? For how long?
After our thoughts about family, we couldn’t help but wonder – what can we do to help?
That’s when Jenica took the lead and organized neighborhood sing-a-longs through Facebook Live. Her voice connected us across the barriers of social distancing with friends and family throughout the neighborhood and across the country. It was a proud and happy respite from the necessary sacrifices COVID-19 imposed on us.
It was also a poignant reminder that the little things matter. Being together, even if it’s through a computer screen, matters. In this time of crisis, surely we do need to take stock of where we are as members of a family, a community, a country. We need to ensure our lives and our future are safe and secure. But, we also need to enjoy this time with loved ones as much as we can. Brighten someone’s day, whether it be through a song or a smile. We all need it.
Take a break for a moment. And then let’s get to work on making meaningful, positive changes in this country.