Though it was originally our late co-founded Kristen Hofheimer’s idea, I’ve spent the last several years working hard to grow and expand our Girl’s Night Out group. With the recent fears surrounding coronavirus, and Governor Northam’s “stay at home” order, which banned large group gatherings and also closed many restaurants (except for delivery and take out), we’ve had to put those events on hold. Goodness gracious, it breaks my heart, too! I know how much our group has come to depend on and look forward to those events, and it’s just as important to me as it is to you to have them scheduled regularly.
Divorce and custody cases can be isolating. And it’s so nice to meet other similarly-situated women. It’s hard to find them, for one thing, without putting your business out there for all the world to see, and it’s also hard to afford nights out (hey, drinks are expensive) while you’re also funding your legal matter.
But we haven’t been having them. Of course, we haven’t. We’ve all been hunkering down, trying to flatten the curve. We’ve been working from home, homeschooling our kids, ordering groceries and takeout for delivery, and otherwise just not socializing. It’s been HARD. It’s been weird. And I feel like I sound like a broken record, but, my goodness, the world is a different place than it was just a little while ago! It feels like it wasn’t that long ago that I was visiting TJ Maxx and Target semi-regularly, sitting at restaurants, going to the theater, and traveling without restrictions – all things that seem extravagant and luxurious to me now (not to mention a little scary because, like, germs).
So, when will we have Girl’s Night Out again?
Soon, I hope. Though obviously we don’t want to jump the gun; after all, we want to protect all the hard work we’ve done so far to flatten the curve. We’ve all heard horror stories about countries and states who have opened things up too soon, with disastrous consequences.
We’re going to act cautiously. We all know someone older, or immune compromised, who might suffer or get sick if they were infected, and we don’t want any part of that.
But we will follow recommendations from experts, medical professionals, and others, and we’ll do our best to get back to some semblance of normal as quickly as we can. We understand how you’ve come to look forward to and depend on these events. Our original intention was to offer support in difficult and complicated times, and it kills us that in these times (arguably the most difficult and complicated times we’ve ever experienced!) we haven’t been able to offer the same level of support we normally would.
I can assure you, though, that we’re constantly having conversations about it, and that we’re as eager to restart our super awesome event series as quickly as possible as well. Though things probably won’t feel normal for awhile, that doesn’t mean that we won’t do our best to try.
For more information, or to get the most up to date information about when our event series will start, visit our website, or check out our Facebook page. We miss our events, too, and want to put them on as much as you!