22 days since the last update and what’s changed? Virginia’s entered into Phase 3 of reopening and numbers are starting to tick up. States that reopened without mask mandates are seeing record numbers. Even states with mask mandates are seeing increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases.
Meanwhile, people are debating whether or not our kids should be in school in the fall despite there being no vaccine and social distancing 6 year olds is a joke.
On the flip side, mass homeschooling isn’t a reasonable alternative for so many families where parents work (you know, most of them) or for families that may lack the steady resources necessary for online coursework – internet, computer, time.
By no means an easy decision no matter how hard someone screams about it on Facebook.
We’ve done it, folks, 100 days!
Also happens to be Father’s Day. Which has been a great day. Ventured out to the beach with the family. Felt a bit like normal.
Also happens to be the longest day of the year. Which is neither here nor there.
Let’s see what the next 100 days brings.
We’ll hit day 100 this week. A lot of things have changed as of late. But in a lot of ways they’re still the same.
80 days. We’re in the 12th week of everyone being home. That’ll all change by the end of June with work places reopening and phases and such.
At some point in the past the the 5 year old picked up the chorus to REO Speedwagon’s “Keep On Loving You.” I’m very OK with that.
The 2 year old’s new thing is to react to smells by holding his nose and stating “What’s that pee-ew?” I’m very OK with that.
There have been multiple days of demonstrations and riots throughout the United States in response to the death of George Floyd. There’s a lot to be said, but it’s tough to approach the right way. Noting it here, maybe for posterity, maybe to come back to with clearer thoughts in the near future.
What I can say now is that I do understand that my place as a white male who grew up in the suburbs gives me a very limited, very different, very sheltered perspective. I can tell myself it’s an objective view, but it’s tainted by my experiences that, while not invalid, are significantly less relevant than so many others impacted and involved.
Just stay safe, everyone. And respect each other.