It was a really sunny and beautifully warm November afternoon when I entered my lovely school, the Colorado Springs Conservatory.  There in the lobby were several children waiting to be picked up by their parents.  I know them all very well.  Sitting in the foyer after class.  We were all glad to see each other, despite the fact that we were all masked up due to COVID.  I find it so hard to imagine what it’s like to be a child during this time- not being able to share your own facial expressions, let along the impact of not being able to see the smiles of the adults you have come to trust and love. 

I am reflecting on the initial salutations from each of the children and sharing here for your shared reflection as you go through your day.  Keep in mind these children are 5-8 years of age. 

“Hi Miss Linda!” they all cried.  Only one ran to give me a tight hug around my legs.  There were four children total.  That alone caused me pause.  Before COVID , all four would have come running for a collective love bug hug.  Interesting, isn’t it?

One child had a beautiful skirt on and was quick to say, “Miss Linda- watch this twirl!”  You see, the ‘twirl factor’ is something we all joyfully celebrate when anyone is wearing a fun skirt or dress that explodes when the children twirl.   I could feel by the lilt and height of her voice that she was smiling.  

I turned around and noticed that the others stayed seated- well enough away from each other and me. Heads down, neck long and shoulders shrugged.  “My God,” I thought.  How terribly sad they are.  I asked how class was.  They all suddenly became excited to tell me about the piano pieces they had all presented, how they love Mr. David, their mentor and that it is SO good to be at the Conservatory making and sharing their music. 

It struck me right then and there that the transformation that just took place in an instant and how very happy their music made them during these extraordinary times. 

The subsequent exchange went as follows-

“What are you all going to do for the rest of the day?” I asked.

“I am going shopping with my mom and then we are going to the park!” one exclaimed.  “My sister and I are going home and going to make pizzas,” the others said.  I then turned to the last child sitting alone from the others.  I was dumbstruck at her comment.  “ I am going home to my room and wait for 2020 to be over.”

This took my breath away.  How would a 6 year old even know to say that?  How very sad that those very words came out of her mouth.  Imagine being 6 and wishing time away.

I am not certain, but I would imagine that such a statement came from home, someone who she listens to often. Maybe the media- but most likely home.  From the mouths of babes.

This time is hard for all of us.  No doubt, we have all had our challenges.  I would ask that we really pay attention to all the good though and celebrate that instead, especially when we are around our children.  Life is precious and good.  Let’s celebrate the simple things and yes, even our twirly skirts!