Each morning, the Tio Sam I want you don_t eat watermelon seeds america flag shirt Apart from…,I will love this living room would be drenched in light and from the windows in the kitchen, we could see the Pacific Ocean down the block in all its grandeur. I was finding work as a beauty marketer even more intense from home than in the office pre-pandemic. There was a new pace and urgency attached to this uncharted landscape and no physical separation between work life and home life. What I missed the most during this time was the privilege of running. I yearned for just 45 minutes each day of alone time with my thoughts and fresh air. Things had come to a head in the late afternoon of Friday during week two. While I was in the middle of a video conference meeting, Dash interrupted and was pleading loudly for me to play with him. Moments later I was on the phone with my manager explaining that working full-time from home as a single parent was getting unmanageable and I needed help finding a new balance. I couldn’t let Dash go another week watching endless YouTube toy videos while I handled back-to-back meetings from morning until late afternoon. Seeing his classmates on his school’s share app doing cool art projects and writing exercises with their hands-on mothers made me feel like a delinquent parent. I thought that if he went another week with this setup, it would somehow adversely affect his educational and psychological development. This was magnified by the Little League parade that took place a few blocks from our home just three short weeks before. There must have been hundreds of kids there, all in proper baseball pants. Dash was the only one I saw there in sweatpants. It felt like such a huge oversight on my part—that I had acutely let Dash down as a parent. A few minutes after hanging up with my manager, I miraculously received a text from his nanny saying that she would be returning to work the following week. I exhaled.
I had a tough time with anxiety the Tio Sam I want you don_t eat watermelon seeds america flag shirt Apart from…,I will love this first few weeks we were sheltering in place. And then one day something occurred to me. During an especially low moment, Dash came over to tell me that he loved me. Being cloistered in a small apartment with him, though demanding, was actually a gift. And it’s because we’re together. His dad, even though busy with work 9 to 5, is in the same space as him all day.