Social Distancing and Stay at Home Orders Will End. . . Moms Will Need You

There’s so much talk about COVID-19 in the present, but what about once we can leave our homes again?  Moms are going to need a break. They are going to need to decompress. Now, before the “they’re your kids group” starts protesting, KNOW THIS…. we love our children. And truthfully, there are very few people we trust more than ourselves with them. However, just like a good workout, rest is necessary.  Personal time is necessary.

So when the Social Distancing is lifted, reach out to a mom.  She will need you.  It doesn’t matter if she is a single mom, a married mom, a mom living with her mom, a rich mom, or an economically disadvantaged mom…she will need you.  We will need. I will need you.

What is it that we will need?  We will need you to take them for ice cream so we can change our underwear without being Lightning McQueen.  We will need you to take them to a movie so that we can possibly see a movie with a rating above G or PG.  Or maybe we need you because we need a Date Night with our husband.  Whatever the need is, we will need you.

What we don’t need (if you’re a mom like me, you won’t give it merit anyway) is your judgment because we say we are tired. Or because we are complaining about our grocery bills, utility bills, etc.  On that note, it’s safe to say that this also doesn’t suggest that all moms don’t respect the work that teachers do.  It does mean that we jumped right into it. And we have done a hell of a job.  We have managed to prepare three meals a day plus a snack.  We have turned our home into elementary and secondary distance learning centers as well as remote offices for our day jobs.  We have fielded emotions because our children miss their “norm.” They want to play with their friends. They want to hug their grandparents.  They can’t. It hurts them. It hurts us!  So yes, we will need you.  We need to take a step away.  We need to recap all that has happened.  We need to restock our sanity. We need a trip to the spa, to happy hour.  We will need you.

When your family member calls you after the smoke clears, please be there.  Even if you’re only a listening ear.  And if you can’t be there then, please exit safely and expeditiously now.

D'Andra Odom
D'Andra Bradford Odom grew up in Jonesboro, LA. She swore to her parents that she would never live in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, or Texas. However, after completing a cooperative education assignment with IBM in Rochester, MN, she bravely returned to Louisiana to plant her roots. D’Andra earned a Bachelors from Grambling State University in Grambling, LA and a Masters from the rival school Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, LA. However, the rivalry only lasts for one Saturday in November, the Saturday after Thanksgiving. D’Andra has a strong passion for public policy, social justice, and cooking. Therefore, it is no surprised that this self-proclaimed foodie met her husband, Chef Brandon Odom while trying a new spot, and ultimately co-founded Odom’s Kitchen (eatwithodoms.com). Together D’Andra and Brandon have two amazing children, Josiah and Corrinne. Josiah is the gentle and compassionate little gentleman. While Corrinne marches to the beat of her own drum. One of the things she loves most about being in Louisiana is providing her children with access to three living great-grandparents. Additionally, D’Andra and Brandon enjoy entertaining friends and family through food and laughs. She considers it an added bonus to be able to share and interact with other moms in the area. As it turns out this North Louisiana native found her roots through love in South Louisiana. A badge she wears proudly.

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