Jason Reed | August 7, 2020
And just like that, on March 29, my wife Meghan and I welcomed Elsie Rose Reed to the world.
In the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, and alongside the accompanying uncertainty and fear, here was this new beacon of love and hope — a reminder of the preciousness and fragility of life. Elsie, like all new family additions, represents a time of flux, changing dynamics and exhaustion … oh, the exhaustion. We now had to navigate a new layer of uncertainty, in an already uncertain time.
In the weeks leading up to Elsie’s birth, everyday life in our country came to a sudden and screeching halt. I’m sure you remember it well. I do. One day I’m teaching equity valuation to 24 undergrad and MBA students at the University of Notre Dame, and the next, the University made the decision to extend spring break by another week.
Once that happened we all recognized the potential seriousness of the virus. Many of us began preparations to pivot away from in-person instruction to a virtual learning environment. It was soon after that the governor of Indiana announced shelter in place orders. With those words, we knew our lives might never be the same.
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