Three Questions We Can Ask Ourselves in Quarantine




These aren’t my questions and I would give credit to the creator if only I could remember where I heard them.


In the sea of podcasts, I flood my airwaves with I have no idea where I picked these up.


I do remember frantically scribbling them down because I thought they were worth noting.


I tried them around the dinner table for a few nights.


I had visions of us coming together and all sharing a Pinterest worthy meal while we basked in our family’s collective good deeds and our commitment to the practice of gratitude.


What happened was this.


I continued my career as a short-order cook. Definitely not Pinterest worthy!


One child only eats pineapple, chicken, and edamame. The other one eats grapes, sausage, and broccoli.


At no time do they ever like the same fruit.


Both children smother everything in ketchup and shriek if they see the ketchup is organic, has honey in it or is any way shape or form attempting to be a smidge more healthy than their “normal” ketchup.


By the time we sat down to dinner, I’m cranky and ungrateful that I’ve acquiesced and fixed three meals.


My husband remained glued to his computer trying to catch up on charts and the no device fight started in earnest.


We sat down and I asked the grape eater these three questions:


What did you do for someone today to make them feel good?

What did someone do for you today to make you feel good?

What did you learn today?


His response:


What did you do for someone today to make them feel good? Nuffin

What did someone do for you today to make you feel good? Nuffin

What did you learn today? Nuffin


After that epic fail we retired this dinner game.


However, gratitude is a practice that has to be cultivated.


We are dusting them off and trying again.


Here goes Nuffin.