Hope everyone who can is staying home. I sure am—we haven’t left our yard for ten days with the exception of a walk with the dogs and that was me getting away from everyone else for a little while. It wasn’t their fault—I was impatient and frustrated. The walk didn’t really work to cure my foul mood so I had to put myself down for a nap too.
We are on our first official day of distance learning for all three boys. Two of them started yesterday and the third is making his distance learning debut today. So far I hear a lot of complaining that the sites he’s supposed to go to aren’t loading but here’s to hoping that the system settles down and he can dive full steam ahead into Google Classroom. His attendance check in was a success so at least he’s not skipping the first day of school—we’ll put that in the win column.
It’s been a few days since I’ve shared tweets from the home-front (which is also the work-front and the school-front) so here is chapter 3 of my My So Called #QuarantineLife.
Quick reminder: None of this levity is meant to minimize the pain and panic that so many are feeling—on the contrary, they are a coping mechanism, at least for me, at a time that feels surreal and totally out of our control. My family’s struggles at this point are real but minimal in comparison to so many: we can’t see any of the grandparents and my husband’s open heart surgery has been indefinitely postponed. The likely cancellation of the kids’ baseball seasons is also a huge bummer but again, nothing like what the high school and college seniors are missing. None of we are currently dealing with comes close to the anxiety and grief that comes with sudden job losses, sudden illness or the fear for loved ones working on the front lines of the pandemic.
My role for the moment is to stay home and if I’m being honest, I was pretty much born for this role. Not sure that’s a good thing or a bad thing but at the moment, it’s a blessing.
I want to give a shout out to my own kids who have been pretty great during all of this—they are frustrated like the rest of us and of course have their moments but for the most part, they’re taking it in stride and doing what they can to not make things harder. I thank them daily for that.
Sending peace and love to all of you—please reach out if you need something. I will do my best to help you find it.