Reflecting on the Covid Year

One year ago, March 13, 2020, was the last day of in-person learning for myself as a teacher and for my girls as students. I remember it vividly as I had taken the day off in order to prepare for a weekend of birthday festivities. I was scheduled to go into Izzie’s classroom to read for her birthday as I had for the past several years.

And then Covid. Visitors were no longer allowed into schools, so I sent a video instead. But then the emails and phone calls started coming in. Students would be leaving today and not returning for at least two weeks. I remember texting my best friend, asking her to at least grab my computer from my office since I was not at school that day. I remember trying to figure out if we should have Izzie’s friends over for her birthday party or cancel. We ended up having it, but with precautions in place and contacting all of the parents.

Things spiraled from there and eventually, school was cancelled for the remainder of the year. Our roles as educators were turned upside down as we tried to navigate education in a virtual world. Zoom became a normal part of the day, with myself and my two daughters often on calls at the same time and trying to utilize all devices available. I quickly learned Zoom on my phone was not going to work well.

We quickly fell into a rhythm of a “new normal.” Masks covered our faces if and when we had to leave home. We spent more time outside, even when it was cold. Walks were an escape from the confines of our house. Scavenger hunts were created to give us a focus for our walks, as we were taking several a day. We read more, puzzled more, and spent more time together as a family.

In the midst of this “new normal” I interviewed for a new job via Zoom. Professional shirt on the top, comfy pants on the bottom. After a second interview, I was offered a job, which I accepted. I was super excited, but this meant that I would not get to say good bye to my kiddos I had been teaching all year, the ones I left on March 12th not realizing it would be the last day of in-person learning for the year. Closure never happened.

But as I reflect, I am choosing to focus on the good that has come out of a crazy year…

quality time with family

a new job that I am loving

Izzie made gymnastics team

Sophia made dance team

I spent more time outside

I learned to appreciate the little things

making the best of a crazy situation

being able to be home

not having to rush around like crazy

and many things I am probably forgetting.

So, as I sit here a year later, once again planning a birthday for Izzie when things are not quite normal, I hope and pray for more and more “normalcy” in the future. In the meantime, we will make the best of what we have and appreciate the time we have together.

Published by booksonthebackporch

I am a wife, mom to two girls, a reading specialist, and avid reader and writer! I am excited to share my experiences through the different books of my life!

9 thoughts on “Reflecting on the Covid Year

  1. When Covid is over and we start our new normal as we know it, those who look back at the positive will realize all the things you stated as “looking back at the good” are things that we wouldn’t trade for the world. Most families were forced to come together at first because of the uncertainty surrounding the virus. Those who made the best of every moment with family walks, games, and dinners will draw from those memories down the road as great memories.
    As I believe we are starting to turn the corner, I think we will look back and long for those days together once again.

    Great reflection!

    Joshua C


  2. Great reflection! We too have bookend birthdays to this crazy year. It’s so fascinating to reflect on what March-April looked like last year (we were right there with you with outdoor walks being our salvation) compared to now. I’m so grateful for the moves forward we’ve taken, even if things are still far from normal.


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