We’re in difficult times. We’re facing uncertainty, food shortages and the very real possibility of losing family members.
This last happened during World War 2 and I can’t help but see certain similarities.
Profiteering and the Black Market was terribly despised then. You could be jailed or even hung. Even as a collaborator, knowing, but seeing it and doing nothing – meant you were culpable.
Remember that line. I’m coming back to that in my next blog post too.
There are those who don’t care about the suffering and hardship of others. As long as they’re okay, screw the world.
There are those who see a need and strive to fill it. People making face masks for nurses. Buying meals for truckers at drive throughs. Turning their regular production over to more needed supplies without profit.
There are those that spread good information that’s useful and those that scaremonger and spread dissent. Seeking to promote a political platform that is irrelevant and fucking annoying right now (there! I swore! Happy now?!)
There are those that try and raise spirits and just look forward to brighter days, stalwart in the knowledge we will get through this and we will!
Every day we’re another day nearer this being over.
But what will we learn and how will it change us moving forward?
Parents. Right now you’re like Gods! You rule your tiny kingdoms and the lessons you teach your children today will shape the world to come.
What are you teaching them about respect for others? Are you teaching them how to triumph in adversity or wallow in the lake of ‘it isn’t fair’? Are you teaching them to be cheerful, to find inventive ways to solve problems? To think of others and how to help them?
What are you teaching them about waste? Conserving supplies, using stuff mindfully. Repurposing everything from clothes to cleaning supplies. How to create a new meal out of an old one so all food is eaten. You have the opportunity to teach them to budget and save. To be proud of being thrifty.
What are you teaching them about propaganda? About checking sources and not believing in scaremongering. About being logical and prudent with social media and mindful of what they share.
Above all are you teaching them to ‘carry the one’?! Let’s annihilate common core!LOL
Oh parents. You have the opportunity to use this time to raise a generation who will learn appreciation, gratitude and forbearance. To be better humans. To love their country and to put others first. To take a pride in a job well done and to know how to really appreciate how precious and wonderful life is.
Don’t ruin it by over commiserating because sports and proms are gone. Graduation is out the window and Sephora’s closed!