Love In The Time Of Corona: Hard To Remember, Easy To Forget

When explaining the depth of my affection for my loved ones and friends, I’ve often said: “I’d fight tigers for [insert name].” Let it never be said that I love quietly or simply. I love most, if not all, I’ve encountered, and do what I can to make sure they know it. I try notContinue reading “Love In The Time Of Corona: Hard To Remember, Easy To Forget”

Love In The Time Of Corona: Turning Left

I thrive on itineraries. Maps. Reservations. I can make a killer to-do list. I get a secret thrill from checking boxes when something is finished. I’ve always had a compulsion to obsessively want everything planned out. Maybe it’s because I’ve been blindsided by defeat. Maybe it’s because surprises have been disastrous, rather than joyous, forContinue reading “Love In The Time Of Corona: Turning Left”

Love In The Time Of Corona: Love Takes Work

As a young girl, I grew up believing in love. Yes, much of my earliest understanding was rooted in the “happily ever after” facade of fairy tales, where nobody saw what went beyond the “after”—it was just white dresses, wedding bells chiming, and the retreat in a carriage. In high school, I met love againContinue reading “Love In The Time Of Corona: Love Takes Work”

Love In The Time Of Corona: Peaks & Valleys

{insert two-month pause between posts, long overdue} Here I go again…and be prepared for a metaphor or two. I’m feeling figurative tonight. At the summit of a mountain, the landscape provides infinite possibility in its vastness, something the eye can only marvel at. Conversely, the insularity of a valley views a lot like one whoContinue reading “Love In The Time Of Corona: Peaks & Valleys”

Love In The Time Of Corona: Alone, Together

Solitude is something rare as a parent of two, and one that I might have previously found myself longing for. Maybe on a beach, or in the mountains—some place that provides a respite from the bustling of daily life. Coming back to reality refreshed. I’ve had ten days of it. Some would say it isContinue reading “Love In The Time Of Corona: Alone, Together”

Love In The Time Of Corona: No Time For Down Time

How does the saying go—“no rest for the weary”? Or is it “I’ll sleep when I’m dead?” I’ve noticed that we, as a society, place little to no importance on solid R & R in our daily lives—-what the Italians call “dolce fa niente,” or the sweetness of doing nothing. I believe the term weContinue reading “Love In The Time Of Corona: No Time For Down Time”

Love In The Time Of Corona: Jonah Days

My daughter and I have been reading Anne of Avonlea, and tonight’s chapter title was apropos—“Jonah Day.” For those of us that may not know the reference, a Jonah Day indicates that one has passed beyond the normal and is testing the coping abilities in a rather spectacular way. I just don’t want to endContinue reading “Love In The Time Of Corona: Jonah Days”

Love In The Time Of Corona: An Old Familiar Friend

“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.” -Oscar Wilde- Have you ever read a story that stays with you long after you close the cover? One that you know has shaped you as a person and comforted you when you neededContinue reading “Love In The Time Of Corona: An Old Familiar Friend”

Love In The Time Of Corona: Catharsis Circle

There is a solemnity and an emptiness that comes after the curtain closes and the lights dim out for the last time. You’ve spent what feels like eons of minutes, hours, weeks, and months together, tightly knit and steering towards the same objective, when, suddenly, it is achieved. Bows, applause, then goodnight, realizing that it’sContinue reading “Love In The Time Of Corona: Catharsis Circle”

Love In The Time Of Corona: Happiness Triggers

“Instead of grumbling or complaining, we should be mindful of why we should be joyful. We should take our needs to the Lord, and we should be filled with gratitude.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 When you teach the teenage population of your town, it is not uncommon to hear, and sometimes absorb, their colloquialisms. Today’s wordContinue reading “Love In The Time Of Corona: Happiness Triggers”