by Amy Neiman, LMSW
My daughter came up to me the other day and said “Mom, we are going to be in COVID for my whole 10-year old year.” She is probably right.
If you are like me, you found the quieter life that showed up somewhat unannounced seven months ago strange but manageable. The weather in March and April was beautiful. Maybe you got some closets cleaned out or chores completed. This quarantine life was going to be just fine.
As the months have dragged on and winter is rearing its head, I have started to feel weary of this way of life. I heard the term “COVID fatigue” used, and I must admit I am feeling a bit of it. I am lonely. I am missing people. I am missing gathering for my book club to discuss everything but the book. I am missing laughing in a restaurant. I am missing singing and creating art at CARES.
It looks like we are going to be living with the novel coronavirus, and our separation, for some time. I decided I would start a list of things I could do that might make these next few months less lonely for me, and I thought I would share some of them with you:
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