There are many upsides, oddly, to the COVID-19 quarantine. Among them, slowing down to appreciate, soak in and spend time with your family. But what that memo is missing is… the rest of your family.

For me, my family is not confined to the walls of my home. My family is the over-giving grandparents, the over-complimenting aunts and the could-drink-beers-with-all-day cousins. My family include all the kiddos that run wild, destroy rooms and cause chaos.

And you know what? I sure do miss them.

I’m thankful for slowing down, but I wish we could also slow down with everyone we love. That’s nearing like 100-something of us with all sides of my and my husband’s families combined.

I have truly appreciated the boring, slow moments, tackling the I-have-nowhere-to-go to-do list, and even the Zoom video calls that have been put in place to fill some of the void. And I am constantly reminded how precious life is and that nothing is more important than family.

And that is exactly what makes me want zoom over to my mom’s house to hang out, go fishing with my Dad, have Sunday dinner at the in-laws, grill out with the cousins, go to church with my grandma.

This experience is one weird roller coaster. You quarantine to stay safe, to protect your family, yet you distance yourself from those who love and comfort you most.

I hope when the world reopens we keep a humbled perspective on this reset, as well as keep things a little less FOMO and a little more slow. I just also hope that slow shifts to include our dearest family and friends.

More trips to do nothing at grandma’s house on the weekend, and maybe a little less of the experiential best-of list.

COVID-19 has nothing less than reiterated how important my husband, children AND family ALL are.

Kendra Germenis
Kendra joined the mom club in 2016, followed by the #boymom club in Summer 2019. Kendra loves to write, and for AMB, enjoys sharing her new parent experiences, tips, and general love of Austin. For her, life is a balance of spending quality time with her family, pursuing her program management career, and still soaking up life and adventures. She also freelances through her art and design shop, Kitsy Co. Assorted loves: art, date nights, culture, road trips, Bravo, breweries, chocolate, house remodeling, sunshine, live music and patios.

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