Someone posed a question to me recently: What is one unintended consequence of the pandemic this summer that has been positive, and something that you wouldn’t have probably done otherwise?
I got more time with the kids at home, grew a garden from seeds, lots of running on local trails, made a few Tik Tok videos, and enjoyed being outdoors, however, the very best thing was the time Max and Mila got to spend with their cousins and family.
On the second leg of our trip, we made our way up to Central Pennsylvania to my parents house. My sister and her children came in from Indiana, and it was like my childhood growing up in the summer (just more kids at the house). We spent hours each day in the pool, at night tried to catch fireflies, and listened and cicadas sing is to sleep.
One day we spent at my dads cabin. He has spent the better part of the last 20 years working on perfecting his hand built a cabin that is nestled in a forest at the top of a mountain. The living area is perched up on a little knoll, and down below he’s built several bridges that cross the stream that runs nearby.
The next day we went on a proper hike up the side of a mountain near Bedford. All of the kids kept up great, even my little two year old niece Cadence who walked nearly the whole thing herself.
Years from now, I don’t think my kids will remember so much about how crazy the world is right now, but will think about that summer with their cousins, spending days at the beach, hiking in the mountains, and having jumping contests in the swimming pool.