A Birthday We Will Never Forget

2020-03-18 Celebrating a Birthday Alone

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Quentin turns 8 years old today.  We never could have imagined a birthday like this one.

Our schools are shut down, at least until April 6th, but I am going to guess that it will be longer.  Restaurants are closed to dine-in eating.  We had plans to go to a hotel and waterpark in a few weeks to celebrate his birthday and that has been cancelled.  All due to the rapid spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) and the practicing of social distancing to help flatten the curve – a bunch of phrases that weren’t even in my vocabulary a week ago. Continue reading

In the Face of a Growing Pandemic

2020-03-13 Growing Pandemic

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Somehow, this week went from “growing concern” to “everything hit the fan” in the past 48 hours.

We have been following the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) since the outbreak in Wuhan, China.  I remember the spread of bird flu (H7N9) and swine flu (H1N1) years ago.  H1N1 in particular was spreading in 2009 when my son was an infant.  I remember being nervous, though I do not really remember taking many precautions.  It likely never reached the community where I lived at the time, so it was less threatening. Continue reading

Covering Up

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I began hot yoga back in March of 2016, mere days after I had been medically cleared to exercise again following Iris’s birth.  I was in a complete fog, on antidepressants, and going through the motions of the days without caring about much. Continue reading

The Time Before and After

This winter has been so long, and rough.  We haven’t had everyone in school for a full week since before Christmas.  Between illnesses, snow days, or planned days of no school for an in-service or parent teacher conferences, every week feels like we are cobbling the days together and lacking the fluidity of our normal routine.  On Sunday evening I said to Ger “This is it – this is going to be our first week of ‘normal.” Continue reading