Quarantine.
A word I never thought I’d use to describe my life or have to use as a teacher, yet here we are. Over the past five weeks I’ve learned a few things and have also adjusted my parameters about things I thought I knew for certain.
Come to find out, I’m not sure I ever really knew anything.

This is what I know now…

I know not to take anything for granted.  

I know that it is possible to wear the same pair of stretchy pants every day and not get sick of them.

I know that I still wish I had more stretchy pants.

I know that grocery shopping and cooking dinner can, indeed, be worse.

I know that I should’ve named my daughters Felix and Oscar.

I know you shouldn’t blindly choose a new paint color on the internet for your family room.

I know that repainting the family room takes two people four and a half hours and a bottle and a half of wine … twice.

I know playing cards with my family at the dinner table brings me joy that is as as strong as any vacation memory I have.

I know that Cheetos are my new kryptonite.

I know not to try on my jeans again until fall.

I know I will probably need new jeans.

I know that people are ignorant.

I know that people are amazing.

I know who true heroes are.

I know that we should have twice as many spoons as we currently have.

I know that I honestly won’t ever grow tired of pasta and garlic bread.

I know that my girls are resilient.

I know that any day is a good enough day to drink the fine wine.

I know that a lot of the things I used to think I needed, I don’t.

I know that the crab cake BLT at my favorite restaurant is an exception to the previous statement.

I know that my husband’s quarantine beard makes him look like Walter White.

I know that, oddly, I like it.

I know not to make plans.

I know I still will.

I know that I miss Target most of all.

I know that I need to read good news in order to be able to sleep at night.

I know most of the things I love to do and give meaning to my life can not ever be canceled.

I know that fresh air and long walks are free therapy.

I know that tiny one crochet bear equals 8 hours, 10 cramped fingers, and more f-bombs than seems appropriate.

I know that artichoke dip for breakfast is delicious.

I know that love is not blind.

I know that Netflix is kind of for shit.

I know that four squares of toilet paper isn’t really enough.

I know that my neighborhood is actually full of real people.

I know that I have nothing in my life to complain about.

I know that even after the countless times I’ve heard it, the sound of my girls laughing together is better than any sound I’ve heard.

I know it’s not necessary to apologize for being grateful and feeling fortunate, no matter how much you feel like you should.

I know that the promise and hope of spring has never meant more.

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4 Comments

  1. Karen Hawkins on April 27, 2020 at 6:39 am

    I love this. This made me pause and think, and laugh and smile, and nod my head in agreement.
    I’m sure you have – but just in case – check out John Krasinki’s Some Good News on YouTube for your weekly dose of joy.
    So did you finish Love is Blind?

    • Michelle on April 27, 2020 at 4:07 pm

      Thank you! Appreciate hearing that so much!
      And yes! I love love love SGN and look forward to it each week! Always end up crying! What a lovely man … and couple!
      Oh, yeah, I couldn’t tear myself away from Love is Blind after about episode 3. WHAT. A. TRAIN. WRECK. I really hated almost every contestant (except Cameron and Lauren) — they were all SO annoying and obnoxious. And the premise of the whole show is beyond ridiculous. But yeah, I traded precious hours of my life away. Of course I did.

  2. Teri Biebel on April 27, 2020 at 11:17 am

    Absolutely love this. Thanks for writing it.

    • Michelle on April 27, 2020 at 4:03 pm

      Aw, thanks!! (And you are welcome. xo)

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