The world may seem quieter these days, you would wonder if it’s pausing for a hug, if it’s embracing you with a kind of stillness you had never discovered, if recent raindrops had showered the earth with an extra lullaby, and you would wonder if the pavements leading to the school hallway, the roundabouts you‘d usually circle to get your toddler to nap, and the wide open fields that welcomed your first cartwheels are doing okay and if they remember the sound of your footsteps, except that they don’t even need to try.
The world may seem quieter these days, but only as a way for you to listen. The footsteps of your children may form an orchestra of their own as they hurry down the stairs at home and up again in between fits of laughter. And even those giggles seem to come in rhythms you wouldn’t have noticed in between your usual daily rush. And then there are the skipping heartbeats at night as your fingers meet your child’s before bedtime - these heartbeats seem a little louder now.
And the pavements, the roundabouts, the wide open fields; they could hear too.
Maybe the grocery list
Maybe if we read between the lines,
just maybe, we might find
the tired handwriting singing out loud -
"I want to bake you your favourite cake,"
"and even if I don't,
I still want you smiling and safe,"
"I love you, stay safe."
Here’s to discovering a new favourite corner of our home,
here’s to discovering the favourite corners of the sunlight,
here’s to discovering a song to dance to in the living room,
here’s to discovering different ways to make coffee,
here’s to discovering the right music
accompanying the rhythm of our hands
as they whisk a trending coffee mixture,
here’s to an added step on a skin care routine,
here’s to discovering a daily routine that works,
here’s to discovering a daily routine that doesn’t,
here’s to discovering the different hours the kids need the same favourite snack,
here’s to discovering the hours they don’t - which is almost never,
here’s to discovering that these stairs could double as a gym equipment,
here’s to discovering the smiles carved across our faces as we hear back from our parents on our cellphones,
here’s to discovering the favourite colours we’d use
in a drawing challenge on those same phones,
here’s to drawing rainbows on our windows
in hope for better days,
here’s to hoping that these rainbows also catch the eyes
of the food delivery guys and the garbage collectors
and even the most vulnerable parts of our anxious hearts,
and more than ever,
here’s to discovering that being together
does not always mean sitting side by side;
but our hearts
whispering kind prayers
for each other.