Well it just got real, didn’t it?
Virginia has closed schools for the rest of the academic year. That leads to a lot of questions, concerns, and really an array of emotion. What we do now in our own walls becomes more than just a few weeks. This is the next few months. And we have two paths:
- Make the most of it. Teach our kids the best we can, spend time with them more than we ever have. Take care of ourselves mentally and physically. Improve our relationships with our loved ones. Ensure our homes are where they need to be. Or…
- Dread it. Live in complanceny. Let screen time consume all time. This path is the easier one, but certainly not the one we should be taking.
In the Butler household we are choosing the former. And it will not be easy. We had tears and arguments this morning. Charlotte wanted what she was accustomed to with being in HER classroom, with HER teacher, and HER friends. Needless to say, it was hard and we had to each take a little break from each other. I am sure others are experiencing this. Once we cooled off, we got back to work and had a solid day.
I do have one question for those at home with the kids: Do your kids want to eat ALL THE TIME?!?! My kids want snacks all the time. I feel like they eat a great lunch, and within in an hour, “can I have a snack?”
In an effort to maintain socialization while distancing, we are working on setting up some virtual happy hours. Some of you may have seen on my social media pages our efforts at this last Friday. Certainly interesting. And I just scheduled another for a few nights from now. I think this it is really important that we continue to foster our relationships with our friends, family, and co-workers. Isolation is not what we are meant to do, in my opinion. And as I have said, our ability to connect now is better than ever. We need to take advantage of it.
One final note. I cannot stress enough how disappointed I am for the thousands of student-athletes around the Commonwealth who have lost their Spring seasons. While some may find it trivial in the grand scheme of things, for kids, this is often the biggest motivator they have in their lives. It provides them with a sense of belonging and purpose. They work all year for these few months and now, it is gone. And that is not the only lost activity; proms, musicals, choir concerts, senior trips, graduation. This is really unprecedented times.
Hopefully, we will be able to find positive outcomes from this. Scratch that, we will find positive outcomes.
Stay healthy, see you tomorrow.