All of my “memories” popping up from this time last year reflect our first few days of Shelter in Place in Illinois. Schools were closed and remote learning was mostly independent work (which was a disaster). I made a schedule for my kids and tried to keep them entertained through the volume of free content made available by different companies and individuals as they tried to help parents that were adjusting. There were YouTube art classes, virtual museum tours, and sing-a-longs. Our energy to engage in these activities waned quickly as the weeks of isolation dragged on.Continue reading
I remember reading reports out of Wuhan, back in February, when the citizens had been on lockdown for more than 72 days. When we passed the 40 day mark, I thought “Ok, breathe. More than halfway through what China went through.”
We are now on Day 91. Thirteen weeks. “Normalcy” isn’t a word I think about anymore. There is only Before and After. Continue reading
Every day, I look at my social media content from past years. Between Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter I post a lot. It has always been my way of capturing memories with our family. I am up to 634 days in a row of looking at Timehop, as an indication of how much I enjoy looking at past years and remembering what we were doing on those days.
Now, looking at those days have become a reminder of freedom in movement that we no longer have, at least for the next few weeks. The “shelter in place” order in Illinois is through April 7th. I will bet that it is going to be extended beyond that, and that we could be looking at months of confinement. Continue reading