I Don’t Hate You


COVID-19 – I don’t hate you.

As we walked around the neighborhood last night I couldn’t help but smile as a rush of peace came over me.

COVID-19 I Don't Hate YouThese last 6 weeks have been grueling, but as families we have accomplished so much. I love smelling a family grilling and hear their laughter from their back porch.

I have watched as the kid down the street perfected the perfect jump shot, finally hearing the “swish”. 

To the little girl who mastered riding her bike without training wheels, you go girl!

As we move toward “normal” life again please don’t forget about these last 6 weeks.

Fathers who have been present for every family meal because there is no “I have to work late” remember how rich your family dinner conversations were. 

Moms, I hope you were able to tackle something big you’ve been trying such as potty training. 

Working moms, stay at home moms it doesn’t matter; we can all agree Corona was a completely different kind of “mom job”.

Teachers, my heart goes out to you. I can’t imagine not being able to say goodbye to students. You all are amazing and every parent should give you everything on your Amazon wish list and more. Markers, you get 50 packs. Glue, I can buy 100. Wine, how many bottles? 2,3, I can buy a case.

Doctors, nurses, and First Responders, we have kept America running safely and healthy for several months, and we didn’t get to self-isolate. I applaud my fellow colleagues, but we don’t need the praise. This IS why we entered into the health care field.

Kids, how did the hours playing outside without social media feel? Anxious, I bet not. Remember the masterpiece you created with chalk or the fort you built in the woods. It’s always there 24/7, you just have to go outside.

Families that started a fitness journey walking, running, or hiking, don’t stop. Let us see your progress in 6 months.

Home chefs keep it up. You can master the “at-home” hibachi and I can’t wait to see what you whip up next.

Crafters, we’ve realized it takes us way less time to complete a project when our kids are at school, but that’s okay.

If you suffered financially, had to cancel a large wedding or event, or if you were directly affected from COVID-19, from the bottom of my heart I am truly sorry. I cannot imagine the hurt and pain you must feel. Please don’t be upset when I say this: I found Corona not to be all that bad.

Remember to always wash your hands. 


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Kailey Ryan
Hi, my name is Kailey. I am a nurse, wife, and now a mom! My sweet Brady (any football fans?) was born in August 2018 and our lives will never be the same. I am a Knoxville native and absolutely love the area. Where else can you drive to a beach, major city, or mountains in less than 6 hours? I married my husband 2 years ago and we dated on and off since he was 16. We are both nurses so are our lives are crazy and unpredictable. I was an ICU nurse for 3 years. I have been fortunate to experience life being brought into this world as well as life being taken away. I have moved on from the ICU, but I will never forget some families I cared for. Yes, in the ICU you take care of much more than a patient. This is the worst day of many peoples lives and it's important you care for everyone. Nursing leaves an imprint on your heart no matter the type of nursing you chose. I am now a triage nurse, where I talk to people on the phone. While this is a completely different nursing than I have ever done, I am able to be a "stay at home mom" during the week and I work weekends from home. The sacrifice of working weekends is worth every day I spend with my son. If we aren't at work or home you will find us traveling or planning our next trip. We have a passion for traveling, our goal is to visit all 50 states. My "side hustle" is planning vacations for families. I have been a travel agent for 3 years and absolutely love it. At the end of the day all we have left are memories, I make sure each and every family creates lasting memories. When you don't find me working, planning vacations, or playing with my sweet boy, I will be by the pool. I'm most certainly not an expert on being a mom, but I hope to add some experiences and outlooks being a "millennial mom".


  1. I work with Kailey Ryan, and it is a pleasure to work with her and all of the nurses here. I am proud to say our nurses and support staff care about patients. If any of us get to the point that we are just doing a job, and the patient is just something else to complete during our shift we need to move to a different profession. I went into health care because I want to help people and I feel empathy for everyone. I have cried with the callers, and that may not seem professional but I feel deeply for people who are hurting. I don’t do my job for praise, a thank you, or because it looks good on a resume. I’m here because I believe this is what I’m meant to do. I can honestly say when I answer the phone the patient and the family will not find anyone who cares about their wellbeing more than I do. I’m not trying to pat myself on the back this is just the way I am. This is true for Kailey, and most every medical professional I know.


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