The Front Steps Project: Maynard – Jessica

Jessica –

Overall, I think our family is handling this better than I imagined when it was first announced. My husband and I work full time, and I work in drug development, so as you can imagine, our schedules are actually busier than they were pre-quarantine. Add homeschooling to that and it’s a bit overwhelming.

But as the weeks go on, I’ve learned it’s more important to do what works for us as a family than to stress myself out about my children falling behind in school. I’ve realized they are learning just as much about life right now, as academics, and that’s just as important (maybe more so).

My son has autism so I thought this would be especially hard for him, because of the disruption to his routine. However, he seems to be handling it the best of all of us, and is just loving this extra time home with our family, and playing with his big sister all day, every day.

As hard as this is most days, I think we will look back on this time with fondness as a time we got to hit “pause” on life and just got to enjoy being together. And we will know we did our part to be safe, and not put others at risk.

The Front Steps Project: Maynard – Lauren & Patricia

Lauren & Patricia
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Lauren & Patricia –

Like most of you, we are finding this wild, weird time just that – a wild, weird time. But we are also finding it to be an incredible opportunity. As people who always felt grateful for so much in our lives, we are finding that daily the depth of gratitude grows. Some days it means looking up at someone you always respected and loved and saying “WOW .. you are really ARE an amazing human being”. Other days it is gratitude that we just got through our day without losing our *&%$.

Day-to-day, our lives feel very busy talking with clients, expanding our knowledge base as much as we can, and doing a lot more cooking and cleaning than usual. Interestingly enough, we are finding deepening friendships as time stretches to allow for longer phone calls, zoom calls and just genuine sharing of hopes and fears. There are worries: about the health and well-being of friends, family and clients, the impact of economic changes for all of us and about the future. But that’s what the doggo’s are for – their patient listening and constant willingness snuggle or to go for a walk.

There is much of our current normal that we hope will remain part of whatever the “new normal” looks like. Until we can hug you, dear friends and neighbors, please know we send our love.

The Front Steps Project: Maynard – Mary

Mary –

“Finding the Silver Lining” has been the motto of our time at home. My husband and I both work at a High School locally – we are balancing teaching via live zoom and entertaining/socializing a 2 year old! It has been challenging at times but we are welcoming it all as positively as possible! I am a high school softball coach and with the disappointing news of our season being cancelled, I am making the daily effort to focus on all of this time that I would not have had with our son. We are seeking out the bright side every day.