It’s nearly 4pm now and for the first time today I’m not up doing stuff. In an hour I will get up and make dinner. For now I will try to ignore the noise coming from Penny’s iPad and the PS4 downstairs. Putting in ear plugs, now.
I give virtual school a B (-) today. Nick had his two classes, Penny had assignments to do. I suppose we’re getting the hang of things, although it’s requiring heavy handedness from me because Penny needs me to walk her through all her assignments, and Nick needs me to police him. I used to let him go to his room and work from there, but– and I know this will come as a shock– he just played solitaire with the teacher in the background. He turned in no math assignments that week, so that was the end of that. I know I had mentioned the tentative date of 4 May for school to resume, but no one I talk to expects the kids back to school anytime soon. Then it will be summer time. We have arrived to the new normal.
I took my own advice this morning and started a chat group with the other moms from my unit. For a few minutes I felt like I was part of the world again. We hadn’t all seen each other for a while because of deployments and pregnancies and now all this, so it was really really great to say hello. One of the first things that struck me when I came back from my mobilization in January is that adults in normal life live in parallel from one another and don’t seem intersect for long enough for friendships to form spontaneously. People are busy living their raising kids and earning money, so for the most part you just get to acquaintance-level relationships. But maybe it’s just me. Maybe I need to get out more.
And speaking of getting out more, it’s a really pretty day today.