It’s hard to know what to say right now. I feel like everything I read – all the articles, all the the social media posts, all the texts, emails and video chats with family and friends, everything – is focused on the the crisis that is COVID-19.
It’s taken me some days to get over feeling so bewildered by the daily changes and constant unbelievably bad news, but I’ve forced myself to limit my media consumption in the last few days, and I feel like my little family is starting to settle into our new daily reality of everyone home, all the time. And all the hand washing. And a heightened level of mindfulness when we’re at the grocery store. We have a schedule and a home schooling scheme set up for our 5-year old, and we try to get out and play enough every day to clear out some of the angst. I’m so grateful to have a garden to sit in; a lot of people here don’t. So far we’re all healthy and safe, but we do know folks who’ve tested positive.
We’re in this weird period now, when we have to hunker down and do what we can for the greater good, but also wait and see how this is going to play out.
So, how are you doing? How are you handling this? Are you okay?
I don’t have any morsels of wisdom to offer you. I don’t think I have anymore insight than most other people.
But, here’s what I do know:
I know that there are thousands of care-givers of all kinds out there all over the world, standing ready to help those in need. I hear and read stories everyday of these people, stories that constantly restore my faith in humanity. As my daughter would say, “it makes my heart feel happy.” We know we have to come together while we stay apart.
I know there are people out there who are hurting, people who are sick, people who have lost a friend, a parent, a sibling, a child, or a neighbor. We’re all afraid of being one of those people. Maybe you’re one of those people. ❤️
I know that when my 5-year old has a meltdown over not getting to have one more cookie, she’s not melting down because of the cookie. She understands more than I know. We’re doing our best to keep things light and have a sense of humor as much as we can. Lots of extra snuggles and kisses and attention are in order (for all of us) these days.
I know that I feel desperate to connect with my loved ones, in whatever ways I can. And this whole situation has brought into sharp focus what’s super important in my life and what’s not.
I know that self-care is vital these days. Whatever self-care you can manage.
I know that slow stitching helps to bring me a moment of peace during this time of crisis. It’s a simple thing, pulling a needle and thread through cloth. Sit yourself down in a comfy spot and just stitch. Squeeze it into your day somewhere. The rest doesn’t matter so much; whether it’s quiet, if the tv is on, whether it’s stormy or sunny, if you’re happy or sad, scared or calm. You might even fade in and out of focus on your stitching.
You don’t have to have a pattern, it’s not “supposed” to look like anything in particular, and there’s no right or wrong way to do it. The point of it is that you benefit from the doing of it, not the result of it. Although the results of your slow stitching can be pretty satisfying and surprisingly cool. I find that if I can make time for even a few minutes of stitching like this every day, I feel better afterward.
I’ve been itching to write a blog post lately, but it felt weird to not first address the elephant in the room, so to speak. So there it is. I really hope you’re okay, and that you stay okay.
Shall we keep in touch? Follow me on social media @handcraeft, and if you do your bit of slow stitching, I’d love to see it. Tag me in posts of your work; let’s support each other as much as we can. If you have any questions about supplies or how to get started, please reach out.
Take care and see you soon.