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College Bound: COVID Edition


There’s a wonderful story about Buddha seeking enlightenment that I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. While meditating, arrows were being flung at him. And as he sat still, they transformed into flowers and didn’t hurt him at all. I’m sure I’ve totally screwed up the story, but I think we all get the drift. Maybe all these arrows that are flying at us are just flowers meant to teach us something. At this point, I need to go with this explanation or I just might be committed soon.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned is that I need to put my trust and faith in the universe. I need to make educated decisions and I really need to stop trying to control this out-of-control situation. Even Dr. Fauci looks a bit frazzled these days!

Soon I will be getting on a plane to take my son Jack to college in New Orleans. I have meditated/drank on this decision for months and I’m comfortable with it. Tulane University has done an outstanding job in creating outdoor classrooms, protocols, and procedures that will allow Jack to have a semblance of a freshman year. He’s already missed out on so much and I applaud Tulane for their Herculean efforts!

I must also put my trust in my son to make smart decisions and to think before he acts, not easy for teenage boys! I have done my part, I have lectured, threatened and I have cried. I have packed dozens of masks from cotton, linen, N95, filtered and not filtered! I have also literally sent boxes of the Fairy Tales Hand Sanitizers! The new, fragrance free formula the government allowed companies like ours to make might not smell great, but they are 80% alcohol and the peroxide smell dissipates within in seconds. I wish we could make a sanitizer with fragrance, but it’s literally against the law. Jack has promised that he will pass them out in his dorm with that disclaimer and he has promised to use it religiously. He actually said it smells like tequila, so maybe he really is ready for college after all! I just know that it’s out of my hands right now and I have to accept it! It's time to trust that the arrow is really a flower and the lesson is faith.

Stay safe, be smart and be well.



Risa Barash, Founder & Owner & the entire Fairy Tales Hair Care Family