I’m the kind of person who sees, hears, and breathes love almost all day, every day. It starts with frequently kissing my kids (who are teenagers, by the way,) cuddling with my dog every chance I get, and going out of my way to share positive thoughts with family and friends who might need lifting up during a tough time. But even more than appreciating family and friends, it includes my deep devotion to Chicago and to this glorious country where I’ve been fortunate to live my entire life.
Coping With the Emotional Toll of Social Distancing: Marla Levie Craven is a devoted daughter who frequently visits her 95-year-old mother, Muriel Levie at the Northbrook, IL, senior community where she lives. To Craven, the visits are anything but obligatory. “My mother is such an amazing person,” said Craven, a Glenview, IL, mom and marketing professional. “She never complains, keeps a positive attitude, and showers me with loving words every time I see her.”
I’m not going to sugarcoat it. As much as we love our families, they drive us nuts at times. Fortunately, going to work, sending the kids off to school, getting together with friends, shopping, or heading to the gym are great ways to get the space we need and to appreciate our loved ones when we walk in the door.
But these days, the whole clan is always in the door, thanks to COVID-19. For the past few weeks and for who knows how much longer, families are home 24/7 and spending more time together than we ever have before.
Ask anyone. Online dating, especially after divorce is no picnic. The seemingly endless search for love can include everything from feeling rejected when no one’s swiping you, going on dates that are worse than a root canal, and realizing how tricky it is to weed out psychos, jerks and weirdos from cute, normal guys who could be a great fit.