Transitioning Back to “Normal”


One year into the Covid-19 Pandemic and I find myself feeling all the feels about returning to “normal”. This post is not intended to express any political views, conspiracy theories or overall views on how individuals handled life in a pandemic. I’m simply sharing my thoughts on returning to “normal” and as with all things in motherhood I’d really love a “How To” Manual right about now.

I’m nervous. I’m feeling like an introvert. Some days I feel like it’s easier to stay safe in my little bubble than to put us out there into this new normal and a world full of germs. How do we as a family re-enter into the new normal and still keep ourselves safe? How do we attend events, birthday parties and playdates again? Will it ever feel safe to bring my kids to a professional sporting event, a concert or even to the Ohio State Fair? For me the past year has been so incredibly hard, it has been isolating, scary and filled so many unknowns. But staying home, was the easy part.

Hear me out, it wasn’t easy, not in the true sense of the word. But it was easy because it something I could control and count on. If I was following the “rules and guidelines” the doctors and scientists told me to follow then I was doing everything I could to keep myself and my family healthy. Following the “rules” allowed me to not question our every move and decision. 

No matter what side of the fence you are on regarding the pandemic, vaccines, mask wearing, etc. I think we can all agree the re-entry into normal can be unnerving. We all desperately want to go back to normal, but no one can forget the year it has been. So much loss, so much sacrifice and a heck of a lot of isolation and fear. So as moms, women, daughters and friends, I’d ask that we all give each other grace. If you girlfriend can’t bring herself to take off her sweatpants and meet you for a drink just yet, keep asking. If your RSVP to large gatherings or family events is still a NO, please know that it is nothing personal.

There will be a day when life feels normal, some of us may just take a little longer to get there. But that first big hug, will make it all so worth it! Stay safe my friends! 

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Kristen Fazzio
Kristen is a mama to three blue eyed girls, Bryn (10), Maya (6) & Tessa (5) and has called Columbus home since 2004. She was born in Pennsylvania, but her family moved a lot when she was growing up. Her family has been in Ohio since 1999 which is the same year Kristen became a Bobcat at Ohio University. In her 4 years at OU, Kristen met some of her very best friends, learned to stumble with grace down brick streets, rowed on the OU Women’s Crew team, joined a sorority, fell in love with her now husband Justin AND earned a degree! A “big girl” job in Retail Real Estate at LBrands brought Kristen to Columbus, and if she’s being honest so did the guy. They married in 2007 and started a family in 2012. When baby #2 arrived in 2016, Kristen became a stay-at-home mom and 18 months later, baby #3 arrived! It’s the hardest and best “job” she has ever had! In her spare time, Kristen enjoys exploring Columbus, reading, running, Crossfit, decorating, documenting the days through pictures, hiking, yoga, organizing and labeling things, attempting to be crafty, bargain shopping, DIY projects and spending time outdoors. Her favorite things in life are the beach, her girlfriends, travel, wine county, Mexican food, bike rides, sunsets, red wine, french fries, ice cream and her of course family!