Thinking Out Loud

August 8, 2020

A Note to my Boys

Filed under: Christianity — paulthinkingoutloud @ 10:24 am

We have two adult sons, 29 and 26. This is for them.

‘I can’t imagine what another generation lived through during the war.’

That’s a statement I could have made before March, 2020. Now I’m starting to get the hang of it.

When I say ‘war’ I mean one of the great wars. After 1945 there have been, to put it mildly, many skirmishes; but nothing that held the specter of the enemy landing on your doorstep.

Vietnam hung like a cloud over the United States, and with Afghanistan, Canada was drawn into the picture. But it wasn’t truly ‘life interrupted’ as occurred during the major wars of earlier decades. For those in North America or Western Europe, there was no rationing. There were no blackouts.

This is truly life interrupted.

Or is it?

In looking at the history of the world, it seems more like this is life. Period. We enjoyed a very, very long period of stability leading up to this. And tranquility. And prosperity.

You guys are in your 20s. Prime years. And I’m sure that in various ways your life was heading in some positive trajectories until you found yourself facing words like ‘lockdown’ and ‘quarantine’ and ‘social distancing.’ A world where your best and closest friends could carry the contagion of a virus that has potentially devastating effects.

A world where we haven’t seen you guys in person in 6 months now.

Or hugged you.

A world where for one of you, four gig-economy sources of income were shut down, when the whole point of having four is that if one fails you have the others on which to rely.

A world where you haven’t seen some of your closest friends in person for 6 months.

I’m sorry.

Hang in there.

Make the very, very best of the situation. Make the proverbial lemonade.

Do everything you can do safely within the limitations you and we and your friends now face. Including things that are ‘social’ even if hampered by physical separation.

Stay positive.

Be hopeful.

Keep safe.

 

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