Dispatches from the Distancing – Day 21

Three weeks.

I really can’t tell you if it feels like just yesterday or a lifetime ago that everything turned upside down, but I can tell you that we are still finding our way.  We made it through another day of distance learning, although there were some meltdowns once it was all done for the day–over whose Disney+ account they would use to watch Ultimate Spider-Man.  But, we ended the day finally watching Onward, which was wonderful.

I realized today why it is a good thing that I never went into medicine.  It wasn’t because I have a fear of blood (I don’t) or that I really have no interest in it (I don’t) but because I hate wearing masks.  Yes, I masked and gloved up to go to the grocery store this morning and I can’t imagine having to wear one for more than a half hour or so at a time.  I felt like I couldn’t breath, it kept slipping up to my eyes, and it was hot!  Ugh!  I’m staying up until midnight to place my next grocery order (for a week from tomorrow) so I don’t have to deal with that again.

I know, I know…it’s a dumb thing to complain about.  We are actually very lucky throughout all this–Pat is still working and we aren’t facing a change in income and the kids have the resources to distance learn.  Most importantly, we’re all healthy.  With that in mind, it is ridiculous to complain about masks.  But I still don’t want to have to wear one again.

No announcement has been made, but it sounds like the schools have resigned themselves to not re-opening this school year.  It just doesn’t seem real.  I also worry about the other kids who don’t have the resources (material or otherwise) to participate in school at home.  Today, Lillie had to take her monthly assessments and, at 2:30, her teacher sent out a message saying only 8 kids out of their class of 22 had taken them yet.  This was the first real day of school work for the kids and I worry about those who are already behind.

In other news, Alice hasn’t forgiven me yet for cutting her nails.  This is the look I’ve been getting all day…


Yes, that’s her stink eye.  To be fair, I did use flash to get this picture but, trust me, I was getting this all day.  I know she’ll forgive me…eventually, but I also realize I need to beg for forgiveness with treats.  Also, it will be a long time before she lets me cut her nails again.

One thought on “Dispatches from the Distancing – Day 21

  1. We watched Onward today and really enjoyed it. I worry about keeping up with school work once distance learning starts officially for us next week. What happens if they schedule something at a time when both my husband and I are working and Mouse cannot get the computer to work? Hopefully it won’t be like that, but I do worry about how far behind Mouse will get. We can’t be the teachers she would benefit from the most. I do remind myself that we are doing more than some are able to.

    I hate having to wear a mask too. We have to wear them at work now, and I confess I pulled mine down while I was working at my desk. No one was around so I figured I was safe. It really is hot and it didn’t fit well. I think I will fare better once I get the cloth mask I ordered. Right now I’m switching between a disposable type mask and a scarf.

    I hope you have a good week. Take care.


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