🎂 If you would have asked me a year ago what I thought I would be doing on my 46th birthday, it definitely would not have been celebrating "quarantine style". •
In the past, I would gather with friends as we chatted close together, shared food family style, had a few bottles of wine, 🍷and all hugged each other as we left a restaurant. I knew that was not on the agenda this year!!! However, to my surprise, it was one of the best birthdays yet!! 🥳
My husband was home and not traveling for the first time in a long time and we had time together not running out the door to go pick up someone from the bus, take one kid to their after school activity, or rushing ANYWHERE for that matter...
which was so nice!! ❤️
I woke up to the sound of a blender as my son was making me a protein shake and my kids opted to do a virtual kickboxing class with me before they started "school".
My family hid cards all-around the house in places they knew I would look or be (sock drawer, make up drawer, purse, office computer, kitchen counter, dog bowls, and yes, even on the toilet seats!! We took a family walk in the neighborhood and had dinner as a family as we talked about the silver lining of our day!! Friends and family sent messages, called over Face time, left beautiful flowers and gifts on my porch, and even had scheduled zooms set up so we could have a “virtual party" Corona-19 style!! As we ended the zoom, I cried, not because I missed the opportunity to all "party" together, I cried because there is a TON of love out there. 💕
I wanted to grab onto my friends and just hug them and hold on until it was all okay again.
It can seem frivolous and self-serving to want to be with people, and still celebrate, but I think it’s another way to exercise our ability to be together when we can’t really be together.
So, here I am in my crazy quarantine, I am raising a glass to all those celebrating a birthday or a special moment in your life in the coming days/weeks/months.
I ask you to keep in mind that you are not having something taken away from you but instead, given a gift to ENJOY the "pause", and the love that is around us each day.
Because in the end, that’s all that matters