Dear friends, The last few months have required change for all of us. For some, the changes have been big -- hospitalization, death, job and income loss, housing and food insecurities, and more. For others, the changes have been smaller -- unexpectedly without childcare, working from home, and a change in daily routines and habits. … Continue reading thank you for letting me see you.
For us, Covid-19 is like a tornado that you watch from afar and wonder if it's coming straight towards you or if it will veer off in another direction. We began following the Coronavirus outbreak of Wuhan, China in January. It was unbelievable how fast the virus was spreading. The communist government ordered a lock … Continue reading Balancing Risks and Rights
Schools in my area started closing down first, before any businesses or even bars. While it unnerved me, my son was in daycare. I was still going to work and as a single mom whose family is on the other side of the country, I rely on daycare entirely. Before this I'd sometimes work from home so I could get certain errands done, … Continue reading Just me, my toddler, and a pandemic
Many, many years ago when I was in first grade, I came down with scarlet fever. I was the oldest of three and my mom was pregnant with her fourth child. Our house was put under quarantine with a sign stating so at the end of our long driveway. My dad worked away and stayed … Continue reading Quarantine Prayers.
I think my opinion may be an unpopular one. Many people are dying. Medical personnel are working without full protection. Workers are facing unemployment. A few of my friends are distressed about their mental health. Not to diminish the gravity, these are all examples of people experiencing great pain and suffering through the pandemic. Their … Continue reading Thriving in the Lockdown.
Written on 3/30: The Tuesday that Harvard announced they were sending students home, when suddenly things seemed very serious, my husband got a cough. We thought it was unlikely that it was COVID, but started quarantining in our house, and him within our house. We are lucky that we have an extra room. As the … Continue reading Things are okay in the moment.
My friends and family are scattered all around the world. Our realities are usually very different — there is little to no overlap in our day-to-day events, weather, political news, even holidays. Today, however, we are all in the same boat. It has been bewildering and bizarre to observe the lives of my friends and … Continue reading United by Staying Away
I’m okay staying home if it means reducing the spread of this illness to other people. I’m okay about working from home. I’m okay with my children having to be home from school if it means that we as a family are contributing to the common good. I’m also okay with wearing a mask to … Continue reading Choose compassion, not fear.
Coronavirus, the experience, went as smoothly as it possibly could for me. I went through the fear and planning about three weeks before COVID-19 was on the public radar, and had fully implemented shelter-in-place for myself when the official announcement rolled around. I’m very grateful for this lead time, which has allowed me to feel … Continue reading What will live on.
I have been struggling to write down the impacts this quarantine has made on mine and my family’s life over the past few weeks. I’m very blessed and very privileged to be able to be home and to still have a full-time job. We are a family of introverts and homebodies. We are a homeschooling … Continue reading Captain Sweatpants.