One of the things my kids and I love to do together is bake muffins. On mornings that the morning rush will allow, one kid scoops the flour, another one cracks the egg, and the third stirs the batter.
It’s become a bonding experience I cherish with my boys. I try to always have those simple ingredients on hand in our home for when time allows us to bake together.
Now there’s a shortage on common household items we all took for granted just a few short weeks ago.
As we scooped the last of our flour in the house this week, my oldest casually said, “We need to put flour on the grocery list.”
That’s when I explained that I’ve checked several stores, all week long, and have not been able to find any flour to fill the canister that sits on our counter.
He looked worried. Because he knew we usually have plenty of muffin-making supplies at home.
And then my heart sank.
Not because my boy can’t have his muffins this week (and probably next).
My heart sank because my baby was realizing the hard truth that we, along with the rest of the world, are going without the things we want and need right now.
It was bittersweet to assure him that although we may not have everything we want right now, we have what we need in our home today, which is more than some can say right now.
It's a hard concept for littles to understand, but also an important lesson in humanity and generosity. We have enough so we will give to those that don’t. And it was an opportunity to look at the bad and turn it into good.
So we made a list of the bad right now, but looked for the good in those things too. This made him feel better (and me too). It helped us focus on the good during a very tough time.
I share our family’s list with you too, in hopes that we can all focus on some of the good amongst all the fear.
We may not have flour, but we have a chance to try difference recipes with what we do have.
We may not have excess of things, but we have the ability to share the limited supply.
We may not be able to play with friends right now, but we have our family here in our house to play with, be creative with, and laugh with.
We may not be able to go to school, but we have wonderful teachers and school staff working hard to provide resources and ideas of how we can practice at home.
We may not be able to see our grandparents right now, but we have technology that allows us to FaceTime and laugh with them.
Hospitals may be running out of masks, but we have people willing to sew round the clock to make up the difference.
We may not have all our wants right now but we are all learning to make do with what we do have. And there are people willing to work harder and risk everything until things can get back to normal.
We’re getting resourceful.
We’re pulling communities and countries together for the greater good and a common goal.
There might be an entire newsfeed of scary articles and growing statistics but there’s still good out there too. Sometimes you just have to look a little harder to find it.