We’re coming up on the halfway mark for 2020…and what a year it’s been so far. Who could have imagined in January that this is what life would look like in June? We’ve been tested. Months of quarantine have included navigating new work schedules, distance learning for the children, canceled vacations, separation from grandparents and other loved ones, and the ultimate disappointment for the Class of 2020.
And, let me just take a moment here to address the graduates and reiterate Apple CEO Tim Cook’s sentiments in his recent Ohio State Commencement speech: “It can be difficult to see the whole picture when you’re still inside the frame, but I hope you wear these uncommon circumstances as a badge of honor.” A badge of honor, indeed. You will be indelibly shaped by these circumstances and we can’t wait to see the greatness you will achieve as a result.
Just as the country started to reopen and we saw what seemed to be the faintest light at the end of the tunnel, we were confronted head on with the tragedies of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and the aftermath that continues to play out. We ask ourselves what’s the greater tragedy: that these lives were lost so unjustly, or that this has been happening all along and we weren’t paying attention?
Indeed, our country is divided and our communities are struggling to make sense of it all as so many of us try to educate ourselves and be a part of the change we need to see in the world. As Maya Angelou said, “When you know better, do better.”But, the recent months have also yielded some beautiful, unexpected gifts. We keep hearing from people that they’ve loved the time they’ve had together as a family (aside from the part where they drove each other crazy!). Michael and I have found this to be true ourselves. We slowed down, paid more attention to each other, and were more intentional with how we spent our days.
It’s funny. Some of the sweetest time Michael and I have ever had …