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Funny you ask me, Facebook… what is on my mind?

Well, I am stressed. I’m just waiting for the bomb to hit—to hear that one of my kids or another member of my family has been exposed or has developed COVID-19. This would put us on a lockdown/isolation round that would last for who knows how long and cause us to wonder how many other people we infected in the meantime. I wonder if we’ll be able to fight easily or if there will be complications? My kids for the most part are healthy, but how is it for those who have children with health complications, or mental health challenges?

I’m thinking that I’m happy my kids are in school for their social, mental, and intellectual health. They love school and would rather be there than home-schooled. What do parents do with children who have learning disabilities and aren’t able to adapt as easily as others?

I’m also thinking about how lucky I am to be able to work from home—in my bubble, for the most part—and how grateful I am that my exposure is so much lower than others who have to go out for their employment, like justice workers, nurses, teachers, and other frontline workers. They do it each day with sacrifice. I wonder why so many of us forget that so easily?

I’m thinking about how lucky I am that I still have employment, that we can feed our kids, and pay our bills. I wonder how people who work in the service industry keep their sanity with the yoyo process of closed, half-open, open, half-open, closed, etc. They’ve had to endure this for the last six months!

I’m happy that my kids are able to participate in some activities that help make life feel at least a little “normal.” And I wonder how we can reach out to our seniors who are living in code red situations. Their lives are anything but normal.

I’m stressed and worried that I’m not talking about COVID and resilience enough with my kids and at the same time trying not to dwell too much on the negatives and raise their anxieties. I am trying to find a balance, and as a friend said, “We are stressed and blessed.”

So you ask me, Facebook, what is on my mind? Just about everything, and I’m sure I’m not the only one.

Am I worried and stressed? Yes. Am I grateful for what we have right now to help us get through these weird times? Yes. Am I trying to find the balance? Yes.

What is on your mind today?

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