When you are an adult, it would be difficult for you to forget this time as you are growing up when there’s a global pandemic. As of this writing, we have been muddling through this crisis for over a year (1 year and 4 months, thereabouts). Things have drastically changed for everyone and even more so for others. Well, times are always changing but this pandemic accelerated some things quite unexpectedly.
Many rich people, I imagine, aren’t as affected. I’m sure they are but because they have the means to stay afloat financially for years (even decades, I suppose?), they aren’t as hard pressed as the middle and lower classes. Those suffering the most are those who have the least materially and financially. We help in our own way especially those closest to us who may be in need.
We have spent a good amount of time together at home last year (2020) when the pandemic hit and lockdowns have been implemented everywhere in the world. You suddenly had to shift into online classes even as schools and educators feel their way through. Even a year after, there is still much discussion about how effective it is on this massive scale, to conduct online classes. But safety of our children comes first. We will continue to make do with what is given to us by the circumstances we have.
You are now nine and you are clearly showing the independence of your thoughts which eventually translate into actions and behavior. I am having a difficult time growing up as a father. Between a 9-year-old dad and a 9-year-old son, I believe you are doing a far better job than your old man. I judge you (or misjudge you for that matter) many times and for that, please forgive me. I am a stubborn old fart who is struggling with understanding or even remembering how it is to be a kid. Adulthood has made me arrogant. As the Little Prince would say, I have become someone too tied up with “matters of consequence.” I beg for God’s mercy to help me keep the eyes of my heart open so that I don’t lose sight of what is truly essential in life.
I love you, son. I always will. Even if my mind goes because of some old-age-related disease (that is, if I even reach such an old age), know that in the heart of my heart, you and Mat remain to be my and your mom’s greatest treasures.