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Schools have closed all across the country in an effort to prevent the spread of the virus. We are adapting to a new world of social distancing and home schooling.

Our school district put a system in place with one day of planning. I was amazed! Our children–one in elementary school and the other in middle school–log on each day and receive their assignments. We do minimal printing as most items are submitted online.

The school has done face time morning meetings and even had the kids post silly videos and jokes from home to socialize and keep up morale. I feel relieved that we are in good shape with our children’s curriculum. They even have instructions for art, orchestra, and PE!

I still hope that we will eventually return to school before the end of the academic year. It’s sad to have to avoid friends and I can already tell that they miss their teachers.

Most shops and businesses have closed. Our downtown is virtually empty. I’m worried about so many of my friends who own small businesses. I’m worried about friends working at the hospital with J who are getting word that hours will be reduced as needs change for different departments and specialties. The restaurant/hospitality industry is taking a huge hit and we are a tourist town.

Last night, I confronted my own anxiety that J will get sick when he returns to work.

In typical Jen fashion I ended up blurting out “Don’t Die!” as we were getting ready for sleep. Sometimes my mouth says it before I realize my brain has been thinking it.

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Thank goodness my husband and I have nearly 15 years of experience with my weird outbursts and panic! He assured me that he would do his best to stay alive and reminded me that I could move some place sunny if he did. He’s a keeper, for sure.

I’m trying to regain a bit of focus and control. I was thinking of letting my dietitian’s license lapse at the end of my recertification period. I have been a stay at home mom for years and I am not sure that I will work in nutrition again. This morning, I pulled up my professional learning plan and started to work on the continuing education needed to keep me up to date and hopefully employable if the need arises.

Things are confusing. So much is unknown. Take care of yourself and try to pick something productive to do each day. Even if it’s making the beds or a nice meal. We all need something to focus on.

How are you staying busy?