Author: Heidi Suydam
My top 2 bright sides of quarantine 2020, finding a silver lining during these stay at home days. It has not been easy but there really are some positive things to focus on.
On a Sunday night in March we started to hear things about a possible government shutdown. It seemed unreal but for some reason it also felt like a real possibility. The very next day we received word that our daughter’s April 10th wedding venue cancelled.
That week became a blur of dreamlike (or more like what the heck is going on…) existence combined with some of the most beautiful memories and moments we will treasure forever. We quickly packed up, rented a beautiful AirBNB in Franklin, TN and held an absolutely perfectly imperfect wedding for our daughter and our new son-in-law.
All the details fell into place.
Nothing at all what we planned.
Still, filled with the sweetest moments.
With Cracker Barrel Food, cake, champagne and an impromptu wedding DJ and master of ceremonies in the form of a dear friend (thank you Taylor!) of the Bride and Groom. The AirBnb was transformed into a Covid-compliant wedding venue (thank you Lindsay our AirBNB host who gave us special permission!) complete with fairy lights and dance floor compliments of one of my best friends who drove up from Florida the minute she heard this was happening. We appropriately call her fairy GodMother (thank you Judy!). She is magic along with her daughter - the Maid of Honor, who carried out so many details in a short amount of time (thank you Abby!).
I relive the memories over and over. My daughter's wedding is a real bright side.
Even though all of us who were there were feeling a lot of uncertainty about Covid-19, a little scared and all wondering what in the world is going to happen next in society - we were blessed with 48 hours to come together and celebrate this beautiful event.
It was like someone pressed pause amongst the chaos just for a minute.
As we returned home the whole world did seem to shut down and we began 8+ weeks of nothingness. Honestly I struggled.
If I am completely honest, it has been hard mentally, emotionally, physically, financially and spiritually. I took a deep dive into depression, anxiety and have revisited an old frenemy named ED (eating disorder).
When thinking about a bright side of this quarantine time the most obvious is our oldest daughter's wedding.
The other Bright Side that tops the list - Time.
The precious gift of time with our younger two girls.
As we “gave away” one daughter and that is not patriarchal thinking in our family. The “giving away” is more of a letting go, it is the forming of a new family that is still attached to ours as family but is also their own family. It is growing and going away on a new level. As this happened we were gifted with time to spend with our two daughters who are still at home with us.
Time is something I have chased for as long as I can remember.
My silver lining, my bright side, from quarantine 2020 is simply time.
Do you have a bright side of quarantine? As things slowly start to re-open and “life” gets back into swing, do you have a bright side you can share from the weeks of stay at home orders?
Through this gift of time I also made some amazing connections with a group of midlife bloggers. We all decided to share our bright sides / silver linings of quarantine and agreed to take on this #brightsidechallenge !
Thank you friends for the inspiration to write this post! Check out their Blogs and Bright Sides here:
D'Arcy Vandenberg @ Dear D’Arcy
Gwen Gottlieb @ Gwen Lives Well
Kim Cook @ For A Good Life After 50
Melanie Silkworth: Mel’s 2nd Act
Merry Lynch @ Braving Midlife
Michele Bellisari @ Soooo Boca
Michele Linton @ Hot Flash and Sass
Nancy Weiss @ A Two Drink Minimum
Rosemary Davis: Distinctly Southern Style
Please share your quarantine bright sides in the comments!
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