Legendary comic, George Burns once said, “Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family…in another city.” Since March 1st, or thereabouts…many of us have been quarantined, isolated, sheltered, cooped up, and for the most part imprisoned…with our families. Large or small, most moms (and some dads) have taken on the role of teacher, librarian, cook, maid, nurse and social director to their children. Everything they did before, but now on a 24/7 basis. A large majority of moms and dads with several small children (or more than one teenager) are finding it difficult to “work from home” with all the noise and distractions of daily life around the house. As crazy as it may seem, the kids are just as ready to get back to a normal existence as you are. Keep in mind, they are missing school, their teachers, friends, sports, maybe even the lunch cafeteria, all things they’ve grown accustomed to each day.
I am reminded of my friends who have large families…like Phoenix Construction Founder and CEO, Kaleb Brewer. He and his lovely wife, Rachael have 7 children. That’s right, it’s not a typo…7 children. The Brewer children age in range from high school student, to newborn. I feel confident in saying that Kaleb is extremely thankful that Rachael is a former schoolteacher. A schoolteacher with the patience of Job and a heart as big as the Texas Hill Country. While Mr. Brewer might tell you, it is nearly impossible to run a successful business from his kitchen table, Mrs. Brewer would say it’s very difficult to maintain 7 children and a husband (or eight kids, however you want to look at it).
These are strange days indeed, the COVID-19 pandemic has us washing our hands continuously, wearing masks, and staying at least six feet from anyone who isn’t living in your home. But there’s light at the end of the tunnel for Texas and a smattering of other states whose Governors, County Judges and Mayors have elected to reopen (with care) some portions of their communities.
Phoenix Construction, like most everyone else who has been affected by this pandemic, is truly grateful to the men and women of the medical community. To all the doctors and nurses who have so bravely done battle on the front line in many hospitals across the country. Putting themselves in harm’s way to take of those stricken by the virus. To those small business owners who have had to make difficult business decisions with employees, or worse yet, had to close their doors during the pandemic, our prayers are that soon you’ll be back at work and as successful as ever before. And to all the moms and dads who have worked from home, as well as worked as teachers to continue to educate your children through this quarantine, we thank you.
Maybe we will look back on these days at home with a smile, not at the reason for being quarantined, but rather for the time we had with those we love.
Take it from someone who knows, one day those little ones will grow into adults and leave the nest…and you’ll find yourself missing these calls from another room in the house, “hey, mom…what’s for dinner?”, “dad, make Johnny stop touching me!”, or “who used all the hot water!”
I know, you think I am crazy…but one day, you may miss this. But then again, George Burns was probably right.