As life continues to change, all of us continue to adapt to “the New Normal”. I experienced my first shift as a mom last week when my daughter, the flight attendant, had a layover in town.
She began her career just 4 months ago and as an employee of the airlines, is in one of the “exempt” categories and is still working. When she called to tell me she would be here for the night, she said she knew that she couldn’t stay with me because of “social distancing” protocol and the fact that she is in a high risk category for carrying the virus-(my worries about that are the subject for another day) It was such a weird moment to know my baby would be in town and I wouldn’t be able to hug her or have her stay with me, but I figured out a work-around.
At that point, most of the restaurants were already just shut down and I didn’t want her searching at night looking for take-out food. I decided to make dinner and deliver it to the hotel while maintaining the proper amount of space between us.
I grilled up my frozen salmon, made brown rice and veggies and packaged it all up in a brown paper bag and we set up a meeting in the parking lot of the hotel. We gave air hugs and blew kisses, laughed and chatted from afar about the absurdity of it all. She peeked inside the bag on the hood of the car…not only was there dinner, but mama slipped in 5 twenty dollar bills. She laughed and said, “Mom here we are in a dark parking lot and you’re giving me a brown paper bag with money inside. It looks like a drug deal is going down!” We had a good laugh and after about 30 minutes, we said goodbye and went our separate ways. It was strange, but sweet. The minute I got in the car, my heart was full, but also ached. The tears came by the time I hit the freeway.
As we move through this crisis day by day, I hope you are maintaining your connections with family and friends while taking measures to be safe and healthy. We need to continue to reach out to each other. Take care, we will get through this.