Erin Napier Shares an Emotional Message About How the "Grief" From the Pandemic Is Weighing on Her

Isabel Garcia
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Photo credit: Manny Carabel - Getty Images
Photo credit: Manny Carabel - Getty Images

From House Beautiful

This week, Home Town host Erin Napier took to Instagram to share an emotional reflection on how this difficult year is affecting her. She posted two photos, one of her holding her daughter Helen's hand, and the other of her husband Ben holding Helen's hand. In the caption, she penned a lengthy message about longing to go back to last year, before the global pandemic caused so much upheaval. "Lately I find myself daydreaming about 2019 and all that we took for granted," she wrote.

She then listed all of the things she wished would return to the way they were prior to COVID-19. "I wish I could go back and spend one normal day hugging my friends and crew without thinking twice," she continued. "I wish Helen could play in a park and make new friends and lick the leftover Halloween Dum Dum stickiness from her fingers without the constant low grade [sic] worry about the last time she washed her hands."

"I wish my grandmother was still here," she added. In May, Napier shared that her grandmother had passed away (she did not mention the cause of death). "I wish I never worried when the people I love had a sniffle or sneeze, especially our parents and aunts and uncles."

Napier went on to share that, along with the late country folk singer John Prine, she misses "the thrill of visits to New York City on airplanes," her church "feeling alive and busy," and the safety she felt in her Sunday school classrooms. She said that although the current situation had felt temporary at first, "it’s beginning to feel like part of me now, this thing I’m carrying that’s too heavy."

She ended the caption on a note of optimism: "I just miss the normal and am feeling the grief in it lately. But I know y’all do too. And I guess there’s some comfort in that. ❤️"

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