Well, here we are with school-aged kids home. None of us were expecting this, were we? My college-aged kids are home for now although I’m not sure when or if they’ll return to university. So far, one is on spring break and the other is supposed to be having his courses taught online, but I’m sure the professors are scrambling. I can’t even imagine how to learn all the technology in an instant and then to have to change your teaching to match the new normal that we are experiencing. Even though it doesn’t feel normal to any of us, does it?
In all my years and probably yours by the way, we’ve never experienced anything like this in our lifetimes. It’s eery at times to witness what’s happening and to see how the world in a short period of time has changed so dramatically in such personal ways.
It’s a transition of sorts and I feel like it’s a reset on many levels. Some people are in full fear panic whereas others are in full denial. I feel like there’s a place in the middle – be wary but follow the rules, that needs to gain control here. But I’m not certain it will happen for everyone to choose to do that for the greater good.
Kids these days don’t know what to do with so much downtime and are constantly trying to connect with friends via technology which is good. But college kids are used to being on their own schedules and seeing their friends in groups so it is hard for them to be suddenly sent home. Well, that and the fear that they’re now hearing how it’s not just the older generations who are getting Covid-19, but also kids now and some aren’t doing well with it.
Lucky for me, it’s brought us together even though we were already pretty solid as a little family of three due to the divorce. We’ve had some interesting talks lately about adulthood and transitioning from childhood. I guess I will post that another day, but listening to your kids and talking with them is a really good way to learn what they’re thinking. And now’s the time. We’re all home together. Make it count.