In for the long haul

Found out today, in the midst of a Zoom, that my school district will remain closed until at least May 1st. I told the participants I was going to shut off my camera & mic for a moment and have a little cry. They all chuckled knowingly.

You see, we all … all of us … want to go back to our “normal.”
Back to the craziness of running from meeting to meeting, appointment to appointment, campus to campus, sport practice to sport practice. The stress – and the joy – of doing only one.job.at.a.time.

But we know all of this is for the best. We know the working from home, the not being out in public with the mass of humanity is for our health and the health of others. And yet …

One day, we’ll be back in all that craziness and we’ll look back at this time and wish we were here. At home. With our families.

Sweet Husband and the mancubs … all of us … have adapted to living life on a schedule. There’s security in knowing when activities are planned to take place. Their routines are set and aside from the typical bickering between them, the mancubs are accepting all this time at home. Do they miss their school mates? Yes! They LOVE when their teachers schedule Zoom sessions and are super disappointed when they realize they missed an opportunity to hang with their classmates online.

We have dozens of books and part of their day is dedicated solely to reading. They received two books this past Christmas that have become their absolute favorites: The Dangerous Book for Boys and it’s sequel, The Double Dangerous Book for Boys. Both are filled with essential “nuggets” that every boy should know.  The oldest mancub found a game in one of the volumes that he insisted all the brothers play after school work was done today.

The object of the game was to cut away at the flour around the toothpick without making it fall.

The person who made it fall, had to pick up the toothpick. With their mouth. It was messy, it was fun, and they (we) all laughed and had a great time.

I hope they can look back at this very weird time in human history, all the things we did during our time of social isolation, and laugh.

I know I will.

 

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