When I was about my daughter’s age, I remember asking my mother if I was going to make it to see adulthood.
I asked her that question because - at the time - the news was telling me I should be terrified of nuclear annihilation. Or maybe it was the Russians.
Or maybe it was both..
I remember her telling me that when she was a little girl, she had the same exact fear that the world was on the brink of blowing up...
She explained that her fears had stemmed from stories of war that she had heard on the radio when she was little.
She told me all of that, of course, in an attempt to drive home her actual answer which was simply: “I don’t know how, but the human race survives and carries on and it will continue to do so for a long long time.”
Yesterday, I was sitting on our back porch and my daughter came outside and said “Mama, are we all going to die from this?”
The answer I gave differed from my mother’s in its details, but the message was the same.
“The human race survives and carries on and it will continue to do so for a long long time.”
We are going to be OK. I know it.
But in the meantime, I’m left wondering whether or not deep down, my mother was really afraid of the same things I was at the time.
She must have been, because although she was (and is) a super mom, she was (and is) also human - and the things that we experience on this wacko earth can sometimes be super scary, whether you’re big or small.
Here’s what I know.
If the entire human race was wiped off the planet today, I could honestly arrive at the gates of heaven and report to God that I had lived well.
I would tell Him that I didn’t regret a single thing - not even the horrid mistakes I made along the way. Those mistakes have been a part of my life’s story and I wouldn’t change a single thing - even if I could.
I would tell Him that his Earth - and the people on it - had been awe-inspiring, beautiful, and flawless to me throughout my entire life.
I would thank Him for making me the kind of person that sees true miracles every single day and I would tell Him how grateful I was for the time He had given me to love my family, my husband, my daughter and my friends.
After that, I would probably ask Him where Robin Wentworth was, because I’m quite sure that he’s waiting to show us all the ropes once we do finally make it up there.
I don’t usually like to give advice, because I think everyone has their own path and I never really know what’s right for another person.
But here’s my advice anyway:
Wear a mask when you go to Walmart and don’t lick your fingers. (lol)
Don’t waste a single second complaining or fighting or buying into conspiracies.
Jump on the love train, because if you haven’t figured it out by now, love is truly all we need.
Use this time to reach out to everyone you care about. Take it one step further and reach out to someone who you don’t know and try to lend them a hand.
Play with your kids. Listen to them. Hug them.
Tell everyone that you love that you love them - over and over again.
Truly, we never know how long we have on this Earth - virus or no virus.
With that said, I would like to remind you that we - the human race - and we - all flawless children of God - are going to be just fine.
Oh, and “I don’t know how, but the human race survives and carries on and it will continue to do so for a long long time.”
Abigail Allen is a Hattiesburg creative and one of the co-founders of Hattiesburlesque.