Updated: Apr 27, 2020
Sara, Mia, and I recently began sitting down around the table at night to play cards after putting the littles to bed.
It's been a lot of fun.
I have fond memories of sitting around a table playing cards and games with family and friends, but I haven't done a very good job of making it a consistent part of life in my own household.
I vow to do better. Being too busy is a no good excuse.
Once Ace stops cheating at Candyland, we might even include him. He's a sore loser...we're working on that. In the meantime, the next time we sit around a table with the extended family to play a game of Nerts (link to rules), Mia will be prepared to compete. She still needs lots of practice, but she might already be better than grandpa (my father is famous in our family for coming in last in just about every board game or card game that we play).
It's pretty neat how this forced slow down of life keeps revealing different little things that can be done to better connect with the people we love most dearly: things that don't take much time and effort, but can make a significant impact.
When things start to speed up again, and they will eventually, let's not forget the lessons that this experience has taught us. While there are many, the most important thing that I've learned is that I need to schedule more time to connect with my wife and kids (with the TV off), even when life is moving a million miles an hour.
What has been your favorite part of your quarantine experience?
What have you learned that you hope to never forget?