This 14-month lockdown seems to be coming to a close. Maybe not right away, but soon. So I shall ask this one question: how much will we really miss this? 

I understand there are many of us that suffered a great deal over the past 13 months. It was a time that we would quickly like to forget. But this question is also aimed at the families that spent the last year at home with loved ones. Being able to spend a little more time with your spouses. Being able to spend time with your children. Time that you probably will never be able to spend with them again.  Being able to have more family dinner’s rather than just having them one night a week. 

I’m certain that there are readers out there that are saying to themselves, “this guy is nuts, I can’t wait for my husband/wife/partner/brats to be out of the house again”.  

I have a friend. We shall call her Cheryl M. She has been with her husband since they were like 4 years old. She must be like, “ok pal, get out and go back into the office…”.

Being that my wife and I both have been working from home for the past year, at times it can be difficult to manage when the kids are home. But thinking back, there were so many days that we were able to spend extra time with the kids. Watching them grow up this past year. Time that we will never be able to get again. 

Sure, there were days when you just wanted to pull your hair out, go down to the basement, and scream. Give the kids cereal and a shot of NyQuil and call it a day. But you also didn’t have to rush to work in the freezing cold. Shit, my showering habits even diminished…. don’t lie so did yours!!!

We all missed spending time with loved ones that lived far away. But remember how great it was to see them for the first time in a long time. That hug you gave them was a memorable one. 

I know we all hate wearing a mask. It sucks. But I’ve grown to love them because I can mouth “fuckin asshole” at people all day and they don’t know it….

This has been hard. I get it. But think about it for a few minutes.  Spending some extra time with your kids and loved ones wasn’t so bad.

Native New Yorker, now living in Connecticut. Husband, and father of two amazing boys. Kidney transplant recipient, and a big supporter of organ donation #donatelife. Mortgage banker, but not by choice. In my free time, I enjoy golf, reading (especially presidential biographies), and finding that hole-in-the-wall restaurant that has great food.

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