I never really understood the point of staycations. It always sounded boring to me and a waste of time, but I’m also a person who likes to travel and see new places, even if it means just driving a few hours to a campground and hanging out there for a few days. So, the idea of a “staycation” just has never appealed to me. And, honestly, it still doesn’t.
We just spent 3 weeks in quarantine. That means, with the exception of my husband going to work (and promptly showering and changing when he walked in the door), and only one of us going grocery shopping when ABSOLUTELY necessary, while the other stayed home with the kids, we didn’t go anywhere. Not to the park. Not to someone else’s house. No trips to the gym after the kids were in bed. NOWHERE unless it was truly necessary. And, we didn’t accept visitors either. A full on modern-day quarantine.
It was actually WORSE than the newborn stage. You know, when you first bring Baby home and are hyper-vigilant about germs and keeping Baby well? So, you have everyone wash their hands, remove shoes, only come over if they’re 110% sure they’re not sick and haven’t been around anyone who has been or is sick… Maybe you make guests wash their phones with the lovely disinfectant wipes that don’t work anyway, so you end up slathering Baby in chemicals… Yeah, that stage. That stage, but on steroids. Sounds lovely, doesn’t it? (Pure sarcasm, of course!)
So, was it worth it? Absolutely! It was quite the challenge and a lot of work, but we did it. We made it to our goal date healthy, despite all the random viruses and whatnot going around. Hearing how a few of our friends caught various “bugs,” plus having the norovirus going around leaves no doubt in my mind that we would have caught something had we not had the quarantine in place. Will we be doing a staycation anytime soon? Not a chance!
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