As we turn the corner on the Corona nightmare, and vaccines will be flooding the area soon, the fear and isolation may be lessened to a point where life is back to "normal" soon. There are many aspects of this last year that I want to remember and keep with me. How often do we live through a year of serious pandemic in a lifetime? Hopefully this is it, now.
I have learned that the reason my house is not spotless is NOT because I don't have time.
I've learned that for some people fear can become irrational and life changing.
I've learned that sometimes a new puppy can be an unexpected life-renewing event.
I've learned that I like to be alone, very much, thank you.
I've learned that I can just about get through anything.
And, hopefully, that last one is a thought shared by us all, kids included. People are ranting about how all this disruption will translate into kids "being behind" and that all learning is completely quantifiable like pennies in a jar. It just doesn't work that way, sadly. I think kids are resilient and flexible, and this unusual experience will provide them with a meaningful context for the rest of their lives.
I am now vaccinated, Johnson and Johnson, one and done. Felt rotten yesterday so it might have been a reaction, but could have "just" been arthritis. Due to recent medication changes, a broken sewing machine, and an uptick of disease activity I have not been very productive in the art room and, as always, am hoping for better days ahead. The ideas are there, the energy is just not there to make them. Maybe spring will help!
Yesterday the book from the Baldishol-inspired exhibit arrived. I love seeing everyone's art - so much variety! It is a small book but a lovely book, and I am honored to have been included this fine exhibit.