“2020: The year drive-bys became a positive thing”

I was recently texting with a friend of mine and she told me that her son requested a “Johnny drive-by”. My immediate thought was, “Ha, only COVID19 would make drive-bys a positive thing!” Isn’t that a crazy thought? That the term “drive-by” is now a common term used these days meant to provoke happiness instead of fear?

Like everyone, the year 2020 hasn’t gone as planned for us. My mother is stuck in the Philippines for the unforeseeable future. Maggie and I had to cancel an extremely anticipated trip to Peru with my father. We have socially distanced ourselves to the extreme to make sure that my in-laws (who we live with) stay as safe and healthy as possible. We have either not seen our friends, or have only seen them by doing an infamous drive-by. But though these things seem so big in the moment, they are minuscule in the grand scheme of things.

When I sit and think about all of the things I could complain about, and let’s be honest, things that I have complained about, it really hasn’t been all that bad. The year 2020 has thrown us some curve balls for sure, but it’s also forced us to slow down as a family. Instead of constantly being on the move from one activity to another, we were forced to cancel all of those plans and finds ways to learn and stay productive at home. Instead of me talking about my failed plan and wish to homeschool, I was forced to figure out how I would be able to homeschool successfully and now feel like I’m doing a pretty good job at it.

The thing I’m most thankful for through all of this is the fact that my family and friends have all remained healthy through this hectic time and I know this can’t be said for everyone. For many, there is a lot more to rightly complain about when it comes to 2020 and my heart hurts for them. I know these times are super low for many people, but I have to have faith that it can’t always be like this. It has to get better. It will get better. When? No. Freaking. Clue. But it has to!

Until then, I will see you at the next drive-by. Please continue to stay healthy and safe everyone!

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