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But We Did— One Moore Thing

I like to sometimes think back to March 13, 2020 on what my friends and I call the last normal school day.


The day before we had gone out to lunch at a local Thai place and talked about all of the speculation and rumors going around about school closures for our county and what was also going on around the world. We discussed in our sweet, naïve ways that it would just be for about two weeks that schools will be closed. No big deal. It will be a welcome break. A pause from the constant chaos. It will be just temporary. We will be fine.

Oh, sweet early March innocence.

And then the next wave of rumors came. We heard that some schools were talking about closing for the rest of the year and not returning back until the FALL. Well that felt like a different story. That hopefully wasn’t going to happen us. How could we possibly do that? How could we do online school? How were we supposed to work and thrive at our jobs and supervise our kids constantly and their schoolwork and social distance and quarantine and cancel all of our plans and find toilet paper and clean everything and keep all of our mental health in tact?

I don’t really know how we did it, but we did.

And here we are again. Our school district will be online until at least February. We don’t really know how we will do it. But we do have the confidence to know that we will. We have the power within us to rise and rise and rise again.

We don’t always have much say into the cards that we are dealt, but we have an obligation as parents to play the hell out of the ones that we have been given.

You didn’t think you’d make it through those sleepless nights with a teething baby.

Or the jellyfish tantrums that come from hungry toddlers. Or how you would have another pregnancy, another labor, another baby. And maybe even how you would handle a few more. You didn’t think you’d be able to handle all of the heaviness- the ER trips, the high fevers, the stomach bugs, the rollercoaster of emotions that comes with a three year old (and 9 year old and 13 year old), the teaching them right and wrong every single hour of every day, the putting them on the bus for the first time and sometimes having to tell them the type of news that makes them (and you) fold and buckle. The having to hold them though all of the tears and all of the life that is just so daily.

But you did. And you are.

And all around the globe we are all still figuring it out. This collective human experience that is being felt worldwide for the first time in our lifetime, that has affected almost every industry and almost every person in some way, shape or form. And it is okay to feel angry or to feel the need to grieve or mourn or feel all that demands to be felt. But we do need to remember that our kids are watching our reaction. Step away, turn off the news and lock yourself in the bathroom if you need to. Cry. Scream. Release. Wipe those tears and hug them again. If you are excited about what is to come in 2020 and they see joy and hope in you they will feel it. Smile when you set up those home learning spaces even if smiling is the last thing you want to do. I know it is so hard and heavy. I know. We don’t know how we will do it and we really don’t even have to have it all figured out. But we do have an obligation to show up and as much as we can to spin gold out of the darkness. There are lessons and opportunity and growth to be held onto. We did it before and we will do it again and again.

 

Our children are watching, let’s teach them how we rise.

Katie has a book out that is a collection of quotes and mic drops to embrace your inner warrior. “Girl Power” is available on Amazon and is the perfect gift for all the warriors in your world. You can find out more details and book signing info on her instagram @katieyackleymoore. Endless thanks for reading. Xo

To read more blogs by Katie Moore click here.

Katie Yackley Moore is a freelance writer, real estate agent, yoga instructor and a momma of four navigating life and a separation and finding herself in the process. She adores coffee shops, laughing until it hurts and impromptu dance parties. Her work has appeared on Scary Mommy, Mamalode and HuffPost Parents. She has published a journal entitled “Dream a Bigger Dream” and the children’s books “You Are a Warrior” and “We are Family” and just finished her first novel. Catch up with her between tea breaks on Facebook.

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