I haven’t written in nearly 3 months now. Things get busy, the to-do list starts piling up and inevitably something gets lost in the shuffle. Well, more often than not it is my writing.
It has been crazy here over the last few weeks. For those of you who don’t know me in real life, I live in Livonia MI in the United States. We are on a stay-at-home order due to the Corona Virus or COVID-19. Our city is second only to Detroit for cases of the virus in our county.
I have been home with my children since Friday March 13th. Crazy huh? That this whole thing started being real for us on Friday the 13th. Anyhow, since then things have shifted, rapidly. First it started with us having just that day off of school, that then quickly shifted to we wouldn’t return to school until at least April 13th.
So, what does one do with that? I made a schedule of course. The first day off the kids could do whatever they wanted. Starting that Monday the 16th though, we have had a routine. Part because I am a type A structured person, part because I know that without a routine things would quickly spiral. With a 2nd grader, 5th grader and 7th grader to worry about, I just want to make sure that they don’t lose the progress they have made. Particularly the 2nd grader, he has worked so hard with his math and reading this year.
We stick pretty closely to this schedule Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Luckily for me, the kids are following suit nicely.
We are in our 3rd week of this homeschooling routine. Even though technically we are only out of school until April 14th, we are anticipating an announcement any day now extending that. Especially since President Trump extended our social distancing order through April 30th.
Too many people here are having too hard of a time understanding what this social distancing means. It means STAY HOME!! Unless you need something for your survival, don’t go out into the world. Only “essential businesses” are allowed to be operating. It seems as though people are still making excuses to go out and about. Obviously thinking that they are above this virus or that it won’t effect them. Then because of all of these people, the rest of us are going to be cooped up in our own homes even longer.
Anyway, I keep finding the bright spots. The little moments I am having with my children. The wonderfully beautiful, personal and meaningful conversations I am having with friends on my phone. The community coming together and decorating their windows in their homes for children to see. Extra time for baking, puzzles and memory making with my family.
Each morning we get to make this day whatever we want it to be. Whatever it takes to play your part in this uncertain time. As for me, you can find me in my home doing everything I can to make my children feel safe and loved!