It’s not very often that I feel like I’m witnessing history. But as I type this, I’m working from home at my dining room table sitting next to my daughter who is working on her second day of an Alternate Method of Instruction (AMI) packet. Meanwhile my husband, a high school teacher, is creating assignments for his class on Google docs in the office right next to us. All of this is happening on a Tuesday morning, in the comfort of our home.
I can’t think of anything more abnormal than school and work at home in our PJs (with no make up) on this gloomy day in March, while something called coronavirus, COVID-19, is wreaking havoc internationally.
Every day is new and unchartered territory. The stock market is at recession lows. Schools are cancelled. Working from corporate offices is cancelled. International travel, cruises, airline travel, and anything that involves groups of more than 10 is cancelled. Churches in the South…cancelled. Let that sink in.
Pretty much anything fun…it’s all cancelled. In the world of sports, this month will forever be known as March Sadness with all things sports related…you guessed it, cancelled.
While the introvert in me loves this idea of social distancing to keep the spread of the virus at a minimum, my sense of humor is excited for all of this to pass, so we can really spend some time laughing about the shortage of toilet paper and other strange human behaviors.
I would also like to acknowledge the cleverness of “March Sadness” and “coronapocalypse”. I’m here for the laughter. Which really is the best medicine. I’m also here for online shopping, so introverts please line up to grab this “Social Distancing Expert” pullover (also available in a t-shirt) from The Shop Forward.
If you’re trying to navigate how to work from home, homeschool your kids, and also not kill anyone, I am doing the same. Wine or beer may help – just sayin’. But what also may help is a schedule and/or a list of activities to look to when the wheels start to come off the wagon.
Productive things you can do:
Productive things your kids can do:
Productive things you can do as a family:
I hope when the ball drops in 2021, we will all lift our hands in praise and say we survived our hardest year. And we also survived The Bachelor: Listen To Your Heart. (Someone please tell me why...oh, why this is a thing. The world is hard right now and I am not here for this show. Can they cancel it because of COVID-19??)
We’re all in this together. Don’t be afraid to reach out to friends or neighbors. Maybe to borrow toilet paper. Or maybe to complain about your spouse. It’s fine. They probably need to vent too and they may be able to trade you toilet paper for eggs.
Stay safe friends.