Dear friends, I hope our friendship won’t be another victim of Covid-19

I’ve been seeing some posts on social media lately, encouraging people to remember who exactly checked on them and called and texted during the pandemic, almost as a test of friendship.

It got me wondering about whether this crazy, sad, wild, unprecedented time could really be fodder for a grudge.

I thought about the kind of friend I am and how the pandemic has changed me. 

So, in today’s Megaphone Monday, I share a letter to my friends, near and far.

Dear Friend,

I miss you! Who knew when our kids first came home from school in March because of this thing called Covid-19 that we would have survived all of this:  lockdown, homeschooling, solitude… and an awkward reentry. You have been a rockstar for your family and I’m so proud of you.  I’m proud of us as strong women and moms!

Truthfully, I wanted to FaceTime more. I expected to text non-stop. I thought I’d do more driveby visits, popping over to wave hello from the driveway. I thought once the extreme danger of being in Covid’s epicenter subsided that I’d be first in line to go to dinner with you and send my kids to camp.

But I didn’t.

I realize we have lost touch, and that means my kids haven’t stayed close with your kids. If I disappointed you in any way, I’m sorry. Honestly, I struggled. It has taken everything I have to stay positive and present for my family. The multitasking for my core people took over. It was all-consuming. And I had never launched my own business before!

Creating something new has been magical and scary. It has taken every spare moment and remaining bit of energy, and has been more rewarding than I could have imagined. Focusing inward was the only way.

But there’s no way any of us is keeping track of who texted and called during Covid madness, right?

Or are we?

It hurts me to think that there might be a scoresheet.  With all the isolation we have faced this year, let’s not further separate ourselves. I hope our relationship won’t be defined by this strange time. And I really hope we can get back to the way we were. Simply put, I’m doing my best.  What I learned with certainty during this Covid mess is that’s all I can ask of myself. I’m thinking of you and wishing you well. I’m cheering you on from afar!


I love you,

Demetra

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