Finding Hope During A Pandemic

Cancellations are nothing new to us by now. It almost seems normal to hear that an event is cancelled, but as a parent all these cancellations took a toll on me. My daughter is very active and typically has something going on each night and that all came to a screeching halt due to the ongoing pandemic.

At first it was nice to have time back, but with so many unknowns it felt like the life we once were living a few short months ago was a thing of the past.

I tried to be positive and open with my daughter as to why things were cancelled, but it still didn’t shield me from the emotions I would feel when certain dates on the calendar came up. It seemed like it was never going to be possible to return to activities.  In order to shield myself from feeling disappointed that something else was cancelled I bottled up how I was feeling.

It wasn’t until my daughter’s dance registration came in the mail that I broke down in tears.

It may seem silly but seeing that registration letter suddenly gave me hope. There are still so many unknowns about what things will look like a month from now, but knowing that my daughter’s dance studio has a plan in place to return is providing me hope to keep on pushing through during this pandemic.

What has brought you hope?


Angelica was raised in West Liberty just a hop, skip, and a jump away from the Iowa City. After getting married to her high school sweetheart and living in the D.C. metro area, they decided it was not where they wanted to raise a family, and moved back to Iowa in 2012. They welcomed their daughter nine months after moving back. Then in 2018 added a yellow lab to their family. Angelica enjoys running, reading, and binge watching shows with her husband. She loves Disney, Reese's, and being a mom.


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