My Future Wish – Mommy Blogger

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My Future Wish – Mommy Blogger

April 16, 2020

Nicole Betker is a mother, wife, rabid Toronto Blue Jays fan and a pop culture junkie. Always having an opinion or something to say, it’s time this journalism grad found a place to share her musings on the acts of “adulting”.

I had many ideas for my first blog as a mom of two…

– How amazing the care and staff at the Jim Pattinson Children’s Hospital was in the maternity ward. We are so lucky Saskatchewan.
– Or how life with a newborn and a persistently sick preschooler hit me like a ton of bricks.

 

But nothing felt right during the Covid-19 pandemic, a true time for worry and concern.

It’s now that I realize life will never be the same. When all of this is over with stores and playgrounds open again and people travelling, back in the office and in school it won’t be normal as we knew it. It will be a new normal. A new, different world, we will all be trying to navigate. And soon, standing further apart in lines, capacity limits in stores, no handshakes and stronger clearances when travelling will be the norm.

The lives we used to know will be stories told to kids and grandkids. I’m fine with this. I will adapt. My family will adapt. We will figure out how to do the things we enjoy, including travelling, in the new normal.

But my wish and hope for this new normal, and for my four-year old and three month old’s future, is that the world learns from this. I hope the world becomes more tolerant, more understanding, more respectful and never takes anything for granted. I hope we spend a little less time worrying what people think of us on social media and we live our lives in the best way possible. We start to appreciate what we each bring to the table and respect those with a different perspective.

Just like we were all in this pandemic together, we can walk out of it together. We have a chance to start fresh – smile more, understand more, lend a helping hand, get to know those closest to us and appreciate the time we have with each other. I’ve seen this time and again throughout these few weeks – people offering to help get those who need it groceries, or run errands; the salutes to essential workers and the people who leave room for mom’s walking with strollers down the sidewalks and paths.

As parents, I believe we can lead the charge. We can teach our children that this wasn’t the year we were locked down in our house missing birthday parties, trips and large egg hunts, but it was the time the world changed. And, hopefully, changed for the better.

 

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