After getting the official word from out district that our school will remain closed for the remainder of the school year I sat, and through my tears I asked myself “What do we do now?”
We grieve. We grieve for ourselves and others. This is a loss. So much has been lost. So many have lost.
We cry. Sob. Weep. Ugly cry until our noses run, our head hurts, and our eyes dry out.
We scream at the top of our lungs THIS ISN’T FAIR. WHAT DID I DO TO DESERVE THIS?
We take a deep breath.
We stand up.
We love fiercer then we have ever loved.
We are thankful.
We cherish what we still have….every day.
We take care of each other. Someone needs you right now. Someone needs that phone call, or text, or letter. Someone needs your shoulder and your ear.
We eat chocolate and macaroni and cheese and cookies, and all the things that give us comfort.
We get outside and enjoy the beautiful world we have been given.
We do whatever we can to help others. Donate what we can and serve where we are needed. Someone needs those things too.
We stay inside and give the doctors and nurses a chance to catch up. We give the scientists a chance to get a head of this virus and protect those who need it the most.
We find our purpose.
We open our eyes everyday and are grateful that our eyes opened and the sun rose.
We sing!!! We sing to anyone who will listen, even if it is just to ourselves. We listen to others sing and find solace in their song.
We do our best.
We look forward to seeing each other virtually. Commiserating, laughing, checking in, learning music, and being “together”.
We realize that we are lucky to have each other.
We make our beds.
We put one foot in front of the other.
We do what we can to prepare ourselves for what it next. A new school year, a new choir season, a new college experience, a new job. There will be a next.
We look forward to the time when we can see each other in reality and hug necks and cry happy tears and celebrate. We will celebrate.
We have hope.
Anything less would be the real tragedy.
I love y’all more than I can express.