Moms wear a lot of hats.

That was true before the pandemic. I’m sure it will be true after.

Lately though, many of us feel like we’re running out of room on the hat rack as we are confronted by additional duties of working from home, leading our kids through distance learning, and well, 24/7 family togetherness.

Of course, each one of us has a different set of circumstances. Different challenges, different struggles. We aren’t sure what lies ahead, but we know we can’t give up hope.

As we look ahead to summer in the Red River Valley, we know it will look a bit different. Probably not as many large family get-togethers or community celebrations, concerts and sporting events. If we’re lucky, things might start getting back to “normal” before all of that sunny summer warmth gives way to the crisp fall air.

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The summer edition of “On the Minds of Moms” was supposed to look a little different, too. We hoped it would be jam-packed with summer activity listings, things to do and places to take your kids. Coronavirus was barely a word in our vocabulary when we began planning this issue, and that changed a few things, to put it mildly.

In the end, we decided to keep the theme we had planned, “Simple Savory Summer.” In fact, after some thought, we decided it seemed more fitting than ever.

After all, what’s so bad about slowing life down just a bit and focusing on the simple things this summer? Like sunsets or evening bike rides with your family. There’s nothing grand about those activities, but maybe that’s the point of all of this.

Let’s enjoy what is simple and good once again, without expectation for something more. And above all let’s remember, we — and all of our hats — are in this together.

Mary Jo Hotzler is Forum Communications Company’s Chief Content Officer and the interim editor of On the Minds of Moms. She lives in Fargo with her husband Heath and twin boys. Read this story and more in the print magazine of the On The Minds of Moms. Pick up a copy at area grocery stores in Fargo-Moorhead or Grand Forks. See On The Minds of Moms stories weekly at InForum.