Covid 19 inspired a lot of creativity at my house. I decided early on that we were not going to spend our isolation watching TV or playing computer games. I don’t know if I would have been quite so resolute if I knew that we would still be isolated nine months later! I’m glad I didn’t know.

My three youngest kids have spent a lot of time doing arts and crafts. We have even had a friend come in to do art lessons. The kids have mastered tracing and moved on to free hand sketching. They have become quite creative with paper crafts. They worked together to make a 3D Santa sleigh with reindeers that was pretty impressive. They have painted, molded, cut, glued, sewn and decorated. Currently, one just finished writing a letter, another is tracing and one is coloring with markers. I love that I never hear, “I’m bored!” They never even ask for computer games anymore. They might watch 30 minutes or an hour of TV, and if we decide to skip it, they aren’t upset. They will happily play a game instead.

Creativity has also been abundant in the kitchen. I tried to get on the sourdough wagon, but failed! We didn’t starve though, because my 17 year old son has fed us very well this year. We have gone out to very few restaurants, even while on vacation. Cooking throw downs have become our new thing and this has resulted in a lot of fun and some pretty amazing food. I confess that our grocery bill has soared, but it is cheaper than taking our family of nine out to dinner once a week.

I can’t say that I personally learned any new creative skills, but I have enjoyed cooking things that take all day. And, I spent some extra time and love on wrapping presents this year. I love not being rushed and being able to slow down and enjoy the processes.

So, by the time this is all said and done. we will have spent a year social distancing. We’ve given up a lot. Some might feel like they had an unproductive year. However, I feel like we have birthed and fostered new levels of creativity in our family. That is something that my kids will carry with them their whole lives, and for that, I am grateful.

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