Recently I spent a weekend with my daughters, my husband and the rest of the third grade families from my older daughter’s school, at family camp. The idea was to disconnect from the world, spend the weekend out in nature and learn about and re-connect with each other.
In the “closing circle” moments, the head of school, asked us to reflect on what the weekend meant to our families and share our favorite part about the previous 48 hours. As each family (all 41 of us) shared what the weekend meant to them, it became wildly clear to me, how desperately we all want and need to disconnect from our fast-paced, technology-obsessed, minutiae-oriented lives.
Some of my favorite comments included:
“I loved watching my child(ren) run around, be free to explore and have fun.”
“I loved not being worried about where my child was or who they were with, at any moment, day or night.”
“I loved seeing my children so happy without any technology or forced activities.”
I sent a text to my SigO today. It read, “If even 1 case of Ebola breaks out here, we’re keeping the girls home and on lockdown.”
He replied, “LOL”.
I said, “I’m glad you think it’s funny. I’m NOT kidding!”
His reply shut me up, “If you’re that concerned, why don’t you go get your flu shot. The flu kills about 30K people each year while Ebola has taken 1.” Hard to argue with.
In theory and reality, he is right. And I do need to get my flu vaccine – on the sooner side, preferably. However, the mounting hysteria around the prospective Ebola outbreak is hard to ignore. With Obama assigning an “Ebola Czar” and only 5 airports allowing people to enter the USA from Ebola-stricken regions, it’s hard not to be fearful of the unknown. And then I get it. I’m afraid of the unknown. Who isn’t?
If we knew what to expect, we’d know how to fight it, deal wit it, beat it. With Ebola, the flu, an earthquake, a hurricane, someone walking into our Mov...