• Jennifer Arnold

5 Things I love about social distancing

Updated: Aug 24

While the rest of the world is bemoaning the fact that they have to shelter in place for the foreseeable future, introverts and homebodies like myself are living our best life. I realize that I am fortunate to be able to say this, so don’t write me off as “privileged” or “clueless” just because I am savoring my time at home. There have been many things that make me realize that I was made for such a time as this, but this is my top five:

1. Grocery Delivery. Instacart has become my new favorite thing. The prices are a little steeper than what they would be on the store shelves, but you are paying for the convenience of not having to drive to the store, wait in a line, and shuffle around the store following social distancing markers on the floor. Not to mention the nasty looks you may get if you wear (or don’t wear) a mask.

2. Staying in my PJs. I actually don’t own a legit pair of pajamas, but my leggings and t-shirts are the comfiest items in my wardrobe, and the fact that I can wear them all day every day is life. Also, not having to do laundry quite as much is a huge bonus.

3. No waiting in the pick-up and drop off lines. This is worth having my kids home 24/7 in itself. As any parent of school-aged kids will tell you, the drop-off and pick up lines at school should be added to Dante’s levels of Hell. I grew up in Massachusetts, land of the aggressive drivers affectionately known as “Massholes” and the first time I ever felt road-ragey was here in California- in a school pick up line.

4. Virtual Appointments. Two of my children have multiple specialists at a hospital 2.5 hours away from our home. The fact that I can simply click on a button and do an appointment by Skype or Zoom is an absolute Godsend. No long drives with cranky kids, no worrying about being exposed to anything in the waiting room, and not taking up a whole day just for a 20-minute appointment is a huge blessing.

5. Crossing things off my calendar. There’s just something about erasing stuff off my schedule and having free time open up that makes my introvert self giddy. There are some things that I was disappointed about, but if means preventing a rapid spread of COVID-19, I can deal with that. I’m also realizing how overscheduled we were, so it’s nice to take off my chauffeur hat for a while and not have to worry about juggling a hectic schedule.

While I am excited for the world to start opening up, and the economy starting to recover, one of the things that being housebound for weeks has taught me that it’s ok to be ok with being stuck at home. It’s ok to like the slower pace of life and decompress. Hopefully, for us, some of these lessons will carry over to the next phase of the new abnormal that we're in.

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