What’s most important to you right now? 

Faith, family, and some routine. Digging deep into our family life, having fun together, spending quality time reconnecting with extended family members. Staying faithful. 

What was most important to you before you had to social distance? 

I want to say that those things were important, but life is busy. You’re going out and doing things with friends, you’re getting babysitters, and it definitely was not always number one. 

What’s the first thing you’ll do when this is over? 

Hug people! Not be afraid to go up and give somebody a hug. You go out to the store and nobody looks at each other, everybody’s looking down. It’s so weird. You want to say “hi” but you can’t. 

What are you doing to pass the time? 

Spending lots of time outside. We are running, walking, playing basketball, doing all the kids activities. My husband and I are watching shows together which doesn’t always happen. Life with two little kids has changed but also hasn’t. We have to be creative with more ways to let them expend energy and make it so we’re not all going crazy.

What makes you happy right now?

Those moments of calmness because life is chaotic and uncertain right now. We’re all a little bit more anxious, so those moments where you just feel calm it’s like “ok, life is good.”

What would you tell yourself two months ago with the knowledge you have today? 

Do things, hug people, go out and say “yes.”

We really don’t need a lot. We need our family, we need faith, we need time. Life has become so simple with what we need right now. Everything with the Coronavirus has brought us back to what’s important. It’s not the clothes, or going out, or materialistic things–it’s about our family, our health, our relationships with those around us. We can find that through technology–we’re so lucky to be able to do that. It doesn’t have to be face-to-face, it can be through all these new forms which is really kind of special and great. 


Andrea F-Minnesota

DAY 33