I have thought a lot about how my grandmothers would have approached COVID and there are few things that they made a part of her everyday life – a slower and less complicated life – that would have served them well during COVID.
- The House Dress – Before the rise of athleisure she knew the power of comfort — the house dress. This is a picture of her with my sister Alison in one of her favorite house dresses. As we have continued to stay at home, I have found myself embracing the house dress as a nice alternative to workout clothes and bathing suits.
- The power of front porch sitting and visiting with neighbors. I remember vividly sitting on the front porch pictured in the pic above with my grandparents and their neighbors. I spent many hours on the glider enjoying a Coca-Cola out of the bottle (a treat we kept a secret from Mom). Prior to our June move to NC for a few weeks, we spent hours in our front yard playing every yard game you can think of and a few that are Anderson’s originals. We visited with neighbors as they walked by and met a few new neighbors in the process.
- Home is where the Heart Is – Our move to NC has allowed me to remember this both with my kids, my parents and my in-laws. It has been amazing to see the power of quality time together from fishing on the pier, to learning to waterski and everything in between. My grandparents’ houses were like that for me each summer and a benefit of Jim and I both working remotely is we can work in NC and give them these precious memories.
- The Power of the Dinner Table – My grandmothers knew how to cook and the power of the family coming together at the dinner table. My mom and dad continued that tradition for us most nights but as I was growing up. Since March, we have had so many great meals together – including an epic dinner challenge which requires an entire post coming soon. We have cooked, laughed and enjoyed the power of the dinner table to bring us together.
- Sometimes you just need a Good Snuggle – From my grandmothers to my mom, I learned to love hugs and right now we all need a good hug. I’m thankful my 13 year old will still let me hug him and watch out friends when we can hug again I am going to be all in with the hugs!