From the Founder:
Welcome to Edition No. 6 of Just a Moment in House.
Time for significant, genuine pause. Whether consequential or voluntary, most of the world is at home.
We were working on fun science for the next issue (NASA, spacesuit evolution, moon landing's 50th anniversary, etc.) last fall when some changes happened here at JAM.
No more partner, just me.
Then I found out my dad was dying. In South Korea. Not from Covid-19, but from another disease that can also hit the lungs unexpectedly in the form of advanced stage 4 lung cancer. My super healthy, pediatrician father who was just visiting Seoul back in October - he's still over there. Some odd form of kindred connection, the world also started more suddenly and tragically dying with him.
So I was at a pause before this moment.
We are lucky - my husband, daughter and I enjoy spending time together and being at home. We can fill the days very busy, working from home, playing individually for 6-7 hours straight to then join for cooking, eating dinner, games. We've always cherished our little swing, ping pong table, chalkboard wall, gardens all on the back deck. We have a wall of board games, puzzles and a few more walls of books. I'm opening cookbooks I haven't looked at in a while with a new appreciation for fresh recipe ideas and how to make use of our pantry.
We are not alone, however, in this isolation. We are collectively fighting simultaneously as an entire planet. I do think about those who are suffering and I know I'm not alone in those thoughts. There is an end date. It might include new future social norms, but this will pass - like other wars have.
My dad was at the Vietnam War as a doctor. He has lived through the Korean War as a child. I am now learning firsthand from him, how incredibly positive, methodical, sincere and productive one can be even while at war with one's body and mind. He sets the example like he has throughout his life for me as his first born child. I see similarities between us now that I think about him more than ever.
I am living in the moment day by day, looking for fun, finding the joy and remembering how fast this all does end up going. I get it's not always easy for us especially right now, but when we can, let's try and observe more what we are grateful for and clutch onto whatever helps us make it okay.
Meanwhile, here at JAM we are currently working on an exciting new direction. I can't wait to share with you once things get put together which will take a little time. We had to press pause on some of the detailed work but look forward to when we are all allowed back in action. For now, JAM in House is our little interim issue. Please stay safe and take care of yourselves.
All the best,
Two More Minutes, Inc.
Just a Moment
/jəst ə ˈmō mənt/ noun –
1. A visual compendium showcasing a day in the life of a person, place, or thing.