One Car Family
That’s what it feels like right now…the days when families had but one car. There was the scheduling of who needed it…for work, for errands, for recreation with the kids. That last one was mainly on weekends and in the summertime when we got to go swimming at the motel that belonged to friends of my parents, or to the beach for a BBQ. Yes, we roasted marshmallows and watched the sparks fly up in to the dark night. My dad had to have limos and a hearse for his business, so I bet you can guess what it was. Our family one-car was a baby blue Plymouth station wagon that had big fins, no seat belts, and a jump seat in back. Later it was repainted to Cadillac green and was used for my dad’s business, too. Unless we walked or rode a bike, we were home a lot of the time. Being home now feels a bit like that time. We’re waiting until the car comes home so we can go out again.
My mom and grandmom didn’t cater to our boredom. They told us to go find something to do. And, while we wait, we can find many things to keep us occupied, too. Puzzles, books, board games, charades, organizing old photos, clearing out boxes of outdated receipts…I think they only have to be kept for 7 years. Are you remembering how to play the piano, or flute, or violin after all those music lessons your parents provided for you? Get out that old sheet music, or download some and play…even if it’s only 5 or 10 minutes. You’ll remember more than you thought you had forgotten. There are tons of streaming resources available to us now. Take advantage of them.
In a way, sheltering in place is like getting back on a bicycle and remembering all the things we used to do at home when we had time. Now that we have the time, I’d love to hear what are you doing.
Stay safe. Stay home. Stay healthy.