Motherhood in a Pandemic

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Earlier this week, I received an email from Quentin’s teacher that caused me to have a mini-meltdown.

It was his week to be “Star Student” – something he has known and been looking forward to since the start of the year.  He worked last week on putting together a Google Slideshow of his favorite things, and he would be sharing it in one of his recurring classroom Zoom meetings of the week.  He worked really hard on his Slideshow and had it turned into his teacher well before his scheduled day to present. Continue reading

To Myself, 6 Weeks Ago

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Today marks 6 weeks since our confinement at home started.  Quentin refers to it as the “coronavirus conundrum.”  I think he simply likes the combination of words, but the days feel like a constant pull of being grateful that we are safe and healthy, and increasingly going crazy by the relentless monotony of the days, with no break and little variation. Continue reading

Acceptance of the New Normal

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Photo by Matt Sclarandis on Unsplash

Day 32 of our confinement to our home.  The days have now turned into a predictable rhythm of remote learning assignments from the elementary school, juggling work and a toddler, endless dishes and laundry, and time in our backyard if the weather cooperates.  We do telehealth appointments with doctors when needed, FaceTime with family, and Zoom meetings for church.  I text constantly to stay connected, but it isn’t the same.  I miss playdates, going to the museum or zoo, Starbucks, and dinners with my friends. Continue reading

One Hundred and a Letter

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My grandmother turned 100 years old on Saturday, April 4th.  Isn’t that incredible?  The number of history-altering events that she has seen in her lifetime is staggering: the Great Depression, World War II and other U.S.-involved conflicts, assassinations of leaders, political elections and scandals, technological innovation.  As the population of the world has grown, the distance between people has become less relevant with an increasing number of ways to keep connected. Continue reading

The Last Thing I Did “Before”

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Photo by Jason Dent on Unsplash

Everything happened so quickly in a matter of days in March.  As the news from Seattle grew more serious, with large tech firms ordering their employees to stay home, major sporting events, theaters, and other gatherings announced their closure.  “Social Distancing” became a term we all knew.  Various states began to put in place their own measures.

Yesterday I tried to remember: What was the last thing I did “before”?

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