Notes From the Bunker: Stories from Isolation

By April 24, 2020

It’s hard not to talk about the state of the world right now. This pandemic will undoubtedly change the way the world operates for years to come. What we are all collectively experiencing will transform each and every one of us in one way or another regardless of age, race, creed, or political affiliation. Experts suggest that this could be one of those moments in history we look back on in the history classes of the future as a major turning point in our existence as humans the same way we examine moments like the industrial revolution, major world wars, the moon landing, and September 11th.

But what we experience as individuals during this trying time is just as important as our collective experience. How we all interpret and live out this pandemic is as varied and unique as we are.

While this pandemic will undoubtedly alter the lives of toddlers, it will alter them in a completely different way than it will alter the lives of adults or teenagers.

When asked in what ways has this pandemic changed your life, a seven-year old’s main issue might be that their parents are now their teacher. “My mom doesn’t teach me the same way Ms. Cook does.” says Molly McDermott, member of FUMCFW and resident seven-year-old. “But now it’s kind of nice that I get to learn on a computer outside instead of in my classroom!”

To have the, optimism of a seven-year-old right now would be a gift, indeed.

“And plus,” Molly continues, “we don’t have to brush our hair or change out of our pjs all day.” She says as she giggles and runs away.

On this Corona virus rollercoaster ride we call life, somehow, each of us find that silver lining in our days. Somedays it is only a brief moment, like Molly’s. Maybe your silver lining is that you are exercising more than you did “before all of this.” Or perhaps you’ve been walking outside and actually enjoying Springtime this year. Everyone’s moment of joy looks a little different.

When asked about what she missed most about life before Covid, Molly poignantly explains, “I just miss my friends. Being with them and playing. I never knew that when I said ‘bye’ before Spring Break that it would be for this long.” Molly’s head bowed and then she said with a smile, “the good news is this won’t last forever.”

It’s true that this isn’t forever. But somedays it can feel like it. So, check on one another. If you’re young, teach your parents or grandparent how to zoom and help them stay connected. If you’re older, give your friends and family a phone call, trust me, they’ll love to hear your voice.

Our First Church family offers so many different ways of staying connected right now, from morning devotionals to nighttime prayer groups, grace groups, together time with Mister Mark, instagram games with the Youth and everything in between. So, while it seems like you might be in this alone, it’s important to remember that we are all in this together even if what we experience is different, in so many ways, it’s a lot the same.

 

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