Saturday, April 18, 2020

Tidbits

Sharing what I'm loving right now, family/life happenings, favorite finds, and whatever else pops into my head.

Duomo in Daylight - Milan, Italy | Photo by Daryan Shamkhali via Unsplash


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Were you guys able to watch Andrea Bocelli's performance at the Duomo in Milan on Easter Sunday? We weren't able to watch the live stream, but we watched the recording as a family earlier this week. As it ended, I wiped away the tears in my eyes... and my heart released some of the emotions I've been holding inside for the past month.

Our sweet girl asked me why I was crying, and I told her it made me sad to see the places in the video so empty. Then I told her about how lucky I was to have visited so many of those cities in my lifetime... to have seen them full of energy and life.

I told her about standing outside the Duomo in Milan, holding my arms out for the pigeons to land on them. I told her about climbing the steps of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. I told her about standing at the gates outside of Buckingham Palace in London... about watching the Changing of the Guard. I told her about how I used to walk through Times Square twice a day because I used to work in New York.

I was crying because I remember a time when those cities weren't so quiet. But now the crowds are gone. People are staying at home. They're staying inside and staying safe from the "sickness," which is what we've been calling it.

But this wonderful man shared his incredible gift with the world to remind us all that we're not alone. If you haven't watched the video, then I implore you to make the time. If not to appreciate the music, then to heal your heart just a little.

In the spirit of healing, and clinging to the life I knew before the pandemic... I'm sharing a new batch of Tidbits for you to read at your leisure. They're a day late, but I hope that won't stop you from checking them out.

Enjoy!

  1. I recently finished reading this book and this book. I've read five books so far this year, which means I have to read 15 more to reach my reading goal for 2020.

  2. Trying to work from home with the kids home has been challenging, but we're doing the best we can. So far, we've been able to survive without a lot of screen time. But when we need to turn on the TV, the kids love watching this show on Netflix.

  3. Despite a few snow showers, spring is here in New England... and I'm ready to make this dressing by the gallon.

  4. There are so many wonderful (and free) online resources for parents who are trying to figure out how to help their children continue their education. I really like this one for free worksheets and printables because it has plenty of material for both of our kids.

  5. I listened to this podcast the other day and learned more about what happens when everyone stays home to eat.

  6. In the spirit of finding the positives out of the current public health crisis, I read this article about assumption reversal.

One more thing before I close... I'm considering writing a blog post talking about our experience homeschooling the kids and sharing some of the resources I've discovered to help them throughout their day. Would you be interested in reading something like that?

Let me know in the comments... and enjoy what's left of the weekend, everyone!

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