Troubling Times

In my forty-eight years of life, this is the first time I've ever had to deal with a situation like the one we're facing now. The coronavirus has devastated the world and the panic left in its wake has reeled us. In my city, they've shut down the schools, moving towards an alternative teaching method while other businesses are closed. The streets are quiet and get quieter with each passing day. 

I can already see the impact it's having on the economy and this will only get worse as time moves on, and I feel bad for anyone living paycheck to paycheck who worries about all that could happen if they are faced without an income during these dark times. I'm fortunate that I can work from home, I know not everyone can, so I don't take it for granted. 

Our whole household is actively practicing social distancing right now. It's honestly the best thing that we can do to protect the elderly and the immuno-compromised people. My daughter, having allergies and asthma issues is one of the latter, and I'm worried about what might happen if she were to catch the virus. Honestly, though, at the rate this is spreading, I have a feeling that most people are going to get it so I'm mentally preparing myself for it. Because of this, I still believe in "flattening the curve" so social isolation is still the best practice.

After my workday ends every day, I spend time with the kids. We live not far from a large city park that has a creek and some woods, so we take walks down there, avoiding people. We also play ball and other yard activities, as well as play games, bake, cook, and watch the things we enjoy. I'm trying to make things as normal as possible. 

It's so surreal now, and it feels like I'm living in a movie. I started working from home a week after I isolated the kids and I could just feel their sense of relief to have me home, especially my daughter. She just feels safer and better now that mom is home, and I can't blame her. While I'm worried, I keep calm for my kids...what else can we do anyway?

There are some fun things that you and your family can do to help make it through these quiet, social-distancing times. Here are some links:

6. Now is the perfect time to take some free, online classes!

Please, friends, be safe during this scary, uncertain time, and practice social distancing. It's the smartest thing we can do right now to protect ourselves and others.

Much love from me to you, H.A.


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