Editor’s Letter: Breaking the Monotony Celebrating birthdays and holidays in the age of coronavirus

Celebrating birthdays and holidays during coronavirus | Washington FAMILY magazine
By PJ Feinstein

I have to be honest: I thought this would get easier.

I thought the longer we had to stay at home—working, helping our kids with school, social distancing from family and friends—the easier it would be to adjust to our “new normal.” I believed that having the same daily routine might even be comforting, making us feel like we have some control in our lives right now.

But so far, that hasn’t been the case. In fact, doing the same thing day in and day out doesn’t feel comforting or empowering; it just feels monotonous. Boring and tedious. My friends and I joke that we’re stuck in the movie “Groundhog Day.”

(Perhaps, like Bill Murray’s character, the only way for us to get out of this loop is by becoming better people. Something worth considering!)

In our pre-coronavirus lives, days of the week were distinguished by various school and extracurricular activities. Monday was art class and soccer, Tuesday was music and karate, and so on. Weekends were for sports and acting lessons, play dates and shopping. We went to restaurants, to the movies and to friends’ houses.

Every day was different, and that was exciting.

So when every day is Groundhog Day, how do you mark milestones like birthdays and holidays? That was the big question we wanted to tackle in our May issue.

I hope that our feature stories on creative ways to celebrate your children’s birthdays and to pamper yourself at home on Mother’s Day can help you add a little more joy to those special days.

We know you can’t pick up a copy of this month’s issue Washington FAMILY at your kid’s school or your local library right now, so we’re bringing the magazine straight to you. For the first time, we’re exclusively digital. Now, that’s exciting!

Plus, we’re adding lots of extra content to our website and our social media channels—Facebook, Twitter, Instagram—so bookmark us and visit often!

Finally, if there’s a topic you’d like us to cover, coronavirus-related or not, you can always send me a message. Together we can find ways to break the monotony of our quarantine lives.

Stay safe, and be well.

About PJ Feinstein

PJ Feinstein is the editor of Washington FAMILY and the mother of two elementary school-age boys.

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