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Quarantine Life

Well folks, it’s the beginning of week 2 of quarantine. Is anyone else going crazy yet? I fall into that ever so challenging bucket of mom/teacher/corporate worker….all from home, all at the same time! Somehow, I’m managing to juggle video conference calls throughout the day, helping my 4th grader with every subject known to man, taking the dog for constant potty breaks, answering emails/chats/calls that don’t stop coming in, fixing breakfast when everyone’s finally awake, and lunches too. Then, when “work” is over, it’s on to making dinner, housework, and whatever else needs to be done….ahhhhh!

So far, I’m taking solace in the fact that I am not alone in this challenging situation. However, it does get slightly perturbing that everyone feels that they must suggest things to do while at home. I know they are just trying to be supportive, but my daily schedule at work hasn’t changed. I still have to work and attend meetings, I’m just not sitting at the office doing it. I can’t sit at home and binge watch Netflix shows, or host an online dance party. Likewise, when my son is done with his required work, he wants to play, not sit and watch more educational videos, or live streams.

Ok enough ranting! You know, it would be easy to focus on the negatives, and there are plenty of them. Pretty high up on the list for us, is that this lovely pandemic has caused our spring break cruise to get cancelled, which we have been looking forward to since we booked it in October. But, as bad as we hate it, there’s nothing we can do about it, but accept it and make the best of it, and move on. That goes for all the annoyances, delays, and other effects of this unprecedented state we find ourselves in. We owe it to each other to all do our part, to do everything we can to stay healthy, and minimize the spread of this thing to the best of our abilities.

If you really think about it, it’s times like these that have the potential to bring out the best in mankind, at least most of mankind (there will always be a few bad apples in the bunch). I’ve heard so many inspirational stories of people coming together, to help one another, from friends to complete strangers, from celebrity and uber wealthy, to the average Joe doing his best to make ends meet. It’s in our DNA to be good people. So I encourage you, and me, to make the best of these times, and to help where we can. Even small efforts can add up to big results!

Stay safe, well, and silly my friends!

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