I Stayed Home - Pin
Update: All proceeds to be donated to Charlotte charities.
You Stayed Home. You listened to what your local officials and doctors had to say and honored your loved ones that are in healthcare by following the guidelines. Flatten the curve they said, it will work. How hard could it be, you thought. It's not like you're a doctor or nurse... those are the real heroes. So you just stayed in. You just took care of each other. And so you made what looked like a "new normal" schedule, cooked a thousand meals, homeschooled your kids through the end of the year, cleaned many drawers, took the dog for a million walks, answered a hundred questions the best way you knew how. You cried, they cried and you cried with them. You were overwhelmed and scared. Scared to think if you will still have a job after this? Or maybe this has affected you more personally by losing someone close to you. But you didn't want to show it, and it was not as normal as you thought it would be.
Some days you started to feel better, so you cleaned more drawers, reorganized the pantry, made masks for your friends, your neighbors, your local hospital workers. And you tried to exercise and eat better, but found out its harder than it sounds to try and do it ALL, even when you're home all day. And It was hard.
You thought it would never end. But now it is starting to feel like it will soon.
Now some of us are starting to cautiously resume some activities and some of us are staying put, but most of us are going back to what resembles normal life. We still feel scared not knowing what the future holds and it will be easy to think that these few weeks are all behind us now. But I wanted to stop for a second and tell you that what you just went through was heroic. It was not normal, it was incredibly hard and incredibly beautiful. You cheered each other up, you carried one another, you did it together. You stayed home.
So I made this pin for you, and ordinary person asked to do an extraordinary thing. And even if you feel you could've done it better... truth is, you did it.
Soon you will be gong places and starting to fall into the new normal. So wear this medal/pin on your clothes, on your mask, on your bag. And remember that when we all work together it can be hard, but also very beautiful.
Thank you. Thank you for staying home.
About this pin: It was hand sculpted by me from polymer clay and glazed with colored resin, the light accents were painted with acrylics and then sealed.