[This has always been a space that was conceived to not only be a vehicle for me, but for the entire community. So, with that in mind, it’s a perfect time to expand so that we can hear different perspectives, different voices. This is the first in what I hope will be many more. It has been written by my wife, Angel, and I know you’ll love it! Love & Peace. Chad.]
After working at home for 13 years, going back to work was a bit of a challenge. It meant not being with my boys after school, not being able to prepare dinner every night for my family, not taking care of them like grocery shopping, cleaning the house, keeping up with the laundry, among other things. My love language is acts of service, and quality time, so those 2 things were dramatically altered by working outside of the home.
Now I’m a person who loves people, so it was at the same time amazing to go to work every day and be around people, especially kids, and to take care of them in a variety of ways. I love giving a kind smile to a kid who I know has an unstable home life. I love that I have one student who comes into the office at the end of every day to give me, not 1 but 10 high 5’s, because that’s the kind of love and support we show each other. I love that I get to share in the lives of our staff, weather they are celebrating something going really well for them, or walking quietly beside them while they are having a number of difficult and painful situations. I really love my job!!
It’s funny how, being off for a period of time, it has not been easy to settle back into the “first” life I lived for many years. It has been really nice being able to make dinner almost every night. For my family to be able to eat dinner around the table almost every night, and have great conversations and then watch a nightly movie together. It’s been awesome to have conversations with my boys about so many different things, and to go on long walks with my husband. It has also been sad that I can’t give my co-worker a hug, who just lost her mother -in-law. It’s been very sad that I can’t give another co-worker an encouraging look when I know he’s stressed and doing the very best he can to make everything right.
All at the same time, I can’t help but feel SUPER sad for those people who are not in the same boat as we are. There are people who are struggling and who might not be able to pay their rent, or they might not have enough food, or they may not have a job to go back to because their small business will not be able to reopen when this is over. I was very happy to hear that all school employees will be paid while schools are not in session. That gave me some relief that at least many of the people I love and care for, will be taken care of.
Now let’s keep those others in our prayers and thoughts. Let’s reach out where we can to love them, like we were called to do. I loved it when the school was on the car parade, there were so many older people outside, soaking up others loving others. Find a way to do that today. Make a card for a neighbor and leave it on their doorstep, bake someone cookies, call a friend you haven’t talk to for a while, something!! Think of a way to love someone.
I miss being around people and can’t wait to go back to work. But I will NOT take for granted this precious time I get to have with my family.