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On Thursday, the 49-year-old Golden Globe-winning actress shared a personal message on Instagram about her family returning to a sense of normalcy amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Due to COVID-19, schools across the country were forced to shut down in March 2020 and transition to remote learning. Now, many students are back in classrooms, including Jennifer’s three children — Violet, 15, Seraphina, 12 and Samuel, 9 — whom she shares with ex-husband Ben Affleck.
“The school year starts in dribs and drabs, but today’s the real deal for my family — we are back,” she captioned a smiling selfie of herself next to the water. “3/3 masked, 2/3 vaxxed (soon, please, 11 and under), every one eager, tentative, bold, vulnerable and — as far as I can tell — smiling under the 3-ply.”
Jennifer continued: “Thank you teachers, thank you administrators, thank you school staff — for being on the receiving end of a year and a half of feelings (kids’ and parents’) — big and loud, quiet and deep. Thank you science for getting us this far and this much closer to health and freedom. Thank you for moms in your corner and gallows humor and the sun that rises, no matter what. And please, God, hold us in the palm of your hands.”
After reading the Yes Day star’s words, Jennifer's celebrity friends reached out to her in the comments section. “Love you so much!!! ❤️❤️❤️” Food Network chef Ina Garten wrote. “❤️,” The Office star Angela Kinsey added. “How lovely,” singer Rita Wilson said. “Maybe my favorite photo of you ever ❤️❤️❤️,” 13 Going On 30 costar Judy Greer commented. “This is every parent what a beautiful beautiful post. 👏🙌❤️,” actress Juliette Lewis wrote. “Very well said!!” Camila McConaughey added.
Speaking with People in March, Jennifer got candid about trying to keep herself in good spirits for her family while they quarantined together in their L.A. home. “I don't know that I've stayed positive the whole time," she told the magazine. "I think I've had a couple of temper tantrums. And I hope [my kids] have too. I think you have to. It's like, have your feelings. But there's so much to be grateful for."
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