Jonny and I made the decision not to sign up any of our kids for fall sports this year. I think it was harder for him to make the call than it was for me, but we truly needed a break. So far no one has complained, even Keats and Gabe who have been playing baseball competitively for years. Sometimes a family just needs to hunker down for a bit, and that is most definitely where we are at. It’s so wonderful not having anywhere to go in the evenings, and I am incredibly thankful for this gift of time. Every weekend we ask each other what’s on the schedule, and the amazing answer these past weeks has been, “Nothing.” Jonny and I still have plenty of work to do and that does continue into our weekends, but there’s more space right now, less running around. Saturday afternoon we made a spontaneous trip to the beach to hunt for fossils, something we used to do regularly, but in recent years quite rarely. It was an incredibly good evening without even the typical petty bickering between siblings. We were all laughing over a shared memory as we parked and Jonny and I looked at each other happily. He said, “I love this family so much.” And in that moment, all the hard work, the stress, the worry of the past year, it was like it didn’t exist. We were just a family without a care in the world, just happy to be together.
It’s easy to load the calendar with appointments and events, easier sometimes than saying, “No.” But the reward when you draw the line and say, “Enough,” is truly great.
We don’t live a storybook life, but that night it felt a little like we do.