Dispatches from the Distancing – Day 61

Today was one of those days…

I realized that, since quarantine began, my mood is more influenced by the weather.  This is wonderful when it is warm and sunny, but not so wonderful when it is blustery, like today.  Pat and I tried to find a time to go out and take a stroll, but the skies decided to be especially ominous whenever he had a chance to step away from work.

It was seemed clear to me that the chances of school returning in September are not as good as I had hoped.  I mean, we’ll deal with it if it comes to that–we’ve been doing it so far–but it would be a shame.  Chris has about 2 more weeks of instructional work, followed by one more week of school after that.  I’m not sure how things will work with Lillie, but her last day isn’t until a week after Chris’s.  I am planning to keep them doing something throughout the summer–not to the level they are doing during the school year, but at least a bit of work each day.  I think Chris is especially prone to the summer slide.  And, let’s face it, what else are we going to do this summer?

I’m also more convinced that when we finally hit the “after,” the world will look quite different from the “before.”  I think we’re done shaking hands, period.  I also think air travel will be much different, which I’m okay with because I’d like to not get a cold from every flight I’m on.  School will probably change, although I’m not sure how.  I will say that Lillie’s school made the transition to online fairly easily as they were all already using many of the apps needed in distance learning.  However, things will have to change drastically and it takes time for large school districts, like ours, to figure out the logistics.

Okay, this post is a bummer, so I’m going to stop here and leave you with a picture of our house in full bloom.


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