Dispatches from the Distancing – Day 32

I think we have finally hit our groove with home school.   If the kids were to sit down and do all their work (teacher assigned AND mom assigned) it would probably take them 2-3 hours–as long as they were diligent.  I try to work in plenty of down time, so we end up starting before 9 and finishing around 3:30 or 4:00.  The kids now know what to expect and there is very little resistance.

They do, however, tend to get a little too rambunctious during their time off.  They know that they need to not be too loud during the day when Pat is working, but they seem to forget that during their free time.  I’m not going to lie, there was a come to Jesus meeting about that this morning.  They were better in the afternoon, but we’ll see how long this lasts.

We’ve also been in a forest of boxes lately.  When you can’t go to the store, the internet is the next best thing.  It’s kind of a pain to deal with it all, but someone certainly likes it.


I’ve seen a lot of memes about Introverts wanting this period to end so that they can quarantine themselves on their own terms and that is kind of what I’m feeling.  Other than church, I don’t really feel a need to go anywhere–but I’d like to know that I could go somewhere if I wanted.  I also have to admit that I’m enjoying this time of very few constraints on our time.  The kids have no activities, Pat isn’t going to the office, I have no place to be and it’s really, really nice.

I’m also feeling better about my Dad.  My dad’s brother and his wife live in the next town over from my dad and Dad and Uncle Bob see each other frequently.  A few days ago, Aunt Kathleen fell ill–she is homebound so, if she had covid19, she could only have gotten it from Uncle Bob.  Since I don’t think my father takes this as seriously as he should, I was very worried that he may have been exposed.  My Aunt was able to get tested and she tested negative and was diagnosed with bronchitis.  Not that bronchitis is a good thing, but it is a heck of a lot better than covid19!   Now I just need to get my dad to stay home!

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