Notes from Facebook, 2 a.m.: How Ya Doing?
|You're not alone Some other neurotic out there is also awake.|
"Wow, people are going mad now," he said. It's true:
- A musician posted a lamp-lit selfie with just the caption, "Now: O'Clock."
- A friend apologized for having insulted others by posting a rather beautiful but possibly suggestive selfie earlier in the day. She's gorgeous; someone out there felt threatened.
- Another friend admitted she hadn't made color-coded charts for her kid, nor had she watched anything about tigers, and she hoped she'd do better tomorrow.
- And then I have a writer friend who posted in big white-on-magenta letters: "Stop using 'in these uncertain times.'" He's so right. Instead, let's call it "these horribly lonely, mind-numbingly confusing, and terrifying apocalyptic times." There. Is that better?
The thing is, we still don't know. We don't know what happened to us, or what is happening to us, or what will happen to us. In the meantime, the best we can do is give each other love and grace.
The Atlantic, in its daily email, sent an article today that I'm going to read as soon as I get through the thousand online conference calls I have while we teachers figure out how we are going to educate the children of our town. I have a feeling the article is awesome, and it's not just about our partner. It's about everyone we live with, even the ones who pretty much only care about Pokémon. (If that's your spouse, I am deeply sorry.) Check it out:
Remember that negativity is a relationship killer, in or out of quarantine. Sharing tight quarters with a loved one? Cut your partner the same emotional slack you’d cut yourself.