Shannon Weiss is one of our Toddler teachers in the ELS and we’ve always been a fan of her written work! The piece below is no exception.  

We’ve been given the gift and challenge of taking a great pause.

When the announcement first came on March 13th that we would be closed the remainder of the month, I admit I felt a sense of excitement. More time with my family, my children, and myself that I had been craving. 

But now it’s April 13th and we’re still not back to our routine. My emotions have been all over the place. Some days I am super motivate to meditate, do yoga, and work out. Then in the next moment, I just wish I could lay in bed all day. 

I know all of these mixed feelings are normal, I’m processing what my new normal looks like, but I know I’m not alone. The world is grieving right now.

Some are grieving actual loss of life, some are grieving missing their old life, and some are simply absorbing the energy that is so apparently heavy at this time. 

Passover is here and while it was different from all the rest, I found beauty in looking at my partner and my twins eating dinner while we listened to a Saturday night Seder. We laughed, we cried, and my partner gave a very endearing speech with tears in his eyes. I smiled, not at his tears but at his willingness to be vulnerable for me and for our children. 

Life is paused right now. And while it can feel scary, I am looking for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. 

With every storm comes a rainbow of hope to remind us that this too shall pass. Better days are ahead. And maybe we don’t need to go back to our “normal”. That wasn’t working. I hope we all come out of this time at home with a better sense of ourselves and appreciation for the world around us. 

Look for the light my friends. I look forward to the day when we can meet again! 


Thank you for your beautiful words, Shannon. We need them now more than ever!