Google Made Me Cry

I am crying over a Google commercial.

I guess this is where I’m at in life. I am sitting at the dinner table, fork full of food, gaping mouth, crying over a Google commercial. If you’ve seen it, you probably know what I am talking about, if you haven’t, you should watch it.

Prior to 2020, I can’t say I thought much about what our generation’s lasting legacy would be. You know, like our grandparents who lived through the depression. “She doesn’t throw anything away,” we say about Grandma as she swishes water around in the spaghetti jar to get every last drop.

But as we begin to emerge from this pandemic . . .  I’ve given it a lot more thought.

Gratitude. Appreciation.I hope that is our generation’s lasting legacy.

Our family has slowly emerged from our pandemic hideout and I find myself grinning from ear-to-ear watching our 8-year-old son play baseball. He is learning how to slide, how to pitch, and who covers second base. My eyes are glued to our 5-year-old daughter at dance class as she leaps over squares and twirls in her leotard.

In 2019, I bet I was distracted. I bet my nose was buried in my phone, scrolling mindlessly through Facebook thinking, “I’ll watch more next time!” And then there wasn’t a next time and I yearned for the days when I could watch our babies do what they love the most.
In true mom fashion, I can’t help but relate all of this to a Disney movie. I’ve laughed several times at myself over the last few months because I feel like Rapunzel in Tangled, seeing everything from a whole new perspective, one that I needed if I am being honest!
This song cycled through my head so many times during the initial shutdown!

If 2020 taught me anything, it is to take nothing for granted, no matter how big or small they seem . . . even the things that just seem like a given! Going to school, baseball practice, dance class, going to the gym, hugs, girls nights . . . the list is endless.

I sure hope that our lasting legacy is one of gratitude and appreciation.


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