What Have You Done During the Pandemic?

So, I’ve been thinking a lot the last few days about the pandemic, and how some of it seems like a blur. I’m sure it has been for many of you, as well.

It feels like we’ve been living life “on hold,” kind of like being on the tarmac in an airplane, waiting to take off, but waiting, waiting, waiting for your turn and taking forever to move forward.

I’ve been so eager to get out and go somewhere – go to church, go in a store, sit down in a restaurant and eat or go to a movie. As I write this note and things are starting to open up slowly, I have been able to do almost all my list at least once – things I used to take for granted. I have rediscovered that I can be more patient than I ever thought.

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I’ve been reflecting on how I used my time. (Note, I no longer have young children at home, so my list is likely quite different than yours!):

  • I cleaned out every closet in my house.
  • I reconnected with old friends and family via email, social media or the telephone. I even hand-wrote some cards!
  • I bothered my adult children with calls and notes about how much I loved them, memories of when they were little, and instructions like, “You need to go to the dentist.”
  • I made my husband clean out HIS closet.
  • I organized my recipes.
  • I played with my dogs and cats. We even added a dog to our family after losing a long-time canine family member.
  • I watched a LOT of television, movies and even YouTube.
  • I spent entirely too much time watching the above.
  • I read the Bible more, and I prayed a lot more.

As we begin to possibly emerge from the pandemic, ever so slowly, my reflection has made me realize not all of the things I did were bad for me – in fact my “reset” in many ways has been good. While I would never wish illness or death on a single soul – weirdly there have been SOME good things to come out of all of this for my family. Mostly, learning to slow down, enjoy the little things and live less on the go have actually been a blessing for us.

I hope our “new normal” as many are calling it, will be a good normal. I don’t like this term, and I resist it, yet it may come whether we like it or not. Here’s to making the best of it now, this coming school year – and beyond.

We were forced to publish an all-digital edition for May/June for the first time in our 17 years of publishing, but we did it! Now we have a print issue in your hands, and we hope we may be getting back to “normal” again with our magazine.

The staff at Birmingham Parent wishes you happy and healthy days ahead! We’re all in this together!

Carol Muse Evans

Publisher/Editor
Member, Alabama Media Professionals and National Federation of Press Women, member of SAPA
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ABOUT THE EDITORS: Carol Muse Evans is publisher/editor/owner of Birmingham Parent magazine, a publication she and her husband David began in 2004. The Birmingham, Alabama-based parenting publication attracts more than 60,000 readers monthly in a four-county area and receives 10,000 hits per month on its website. The magazine has a 20,000+ print circulation, plus several thousand in readership of the digital edition online. It is the only independently audited free publication in our area, Evans is an award-winning writer and editor who has also has written for several other publications as a freelance writer since the late 80s. She is a graduate of Auburn University in journalism and is a graduate of Scottsboro High School. She is married with two grown children and lives in Alabaster. She is a member of the National Federation of Press Women, Alabama Media Professionals and Southeastern Advertisers and Publishers Association (SAPA).

Lori Chandler Pruitt is an associate editor of Birmingham Parent and award-winning writer, where she is responsible for the calendar and editorial editing. She also is a freelancer for Business Alabama magazine and has written/edited for several other publications, is a graduate of the University of Alabama in news/editorial, and Hueytown High School. She is married with two children.