This week is the week that we all embark “back to school”...virtually. And just like that…. they’re all another school grade level older. Like most districts, our family’s school district will be virtual for at least the first 3 weeks of school. My inner self is all kinds of emotional. I find myself rejoicing one minute and then in hysterics the very next.

Not only is it a difficult time for us all, but having to explain the ever-changing severity of this new disease to our children makes it all the more real. And just when you think you have a moment of calm, your child asks another disheartening questioning about COVID-19, causing you to rehash buried emotions. Now, on top of that, you’ll likely need to explain to your kiddo why their teacher is no longer their teacher, why their classmates will be different, and why we can’t go back to school like a normal 1st day of school.

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Just like that, second grade is over for us.

I’m saddened by so much of what this pandemic has stripped from my children. I see the nervousness in my 7 year old’s eyes when I talk to him truthfully about all of this. I cannot promise this is the last time he’ll see something of this magnitude in his lifetime. I cannot even give him reassurance that we’ll all be ok, because I myself have never lived through a time such as this. The unknown is terrifying for everyone, and it’s so hard not to let on that the fear is coursing through me too.

But with the pessimism, I am forced to climb out of my hole and seek the optimism too.  This time at home has been a push to slow down, far too many moments to reflect on the characteristic traits that need development (in myself and my kiddos), a great time to chat with friends I haven’t spoken to in far too long (we’re finally all on the same page and not traveling!), and an amazing opportunity to reconnect with my husband.  I have been less present on social media and more present in daily happenings. I’ve been forced to make the best of an uncontrollable situation, and however difficult it has been, I am learning new things about my family, my friends, my needs and my wants all the time. And all the stories of love and support have been a true light.

One thing that remains steadfast? I still love me a decent conversation and a great happy hour. Meet me on Zoom, and don’t forget to bring your quarantinis to cheers this amazing life we still have. We got this. #BetterTogether #HomeschoolingIsNotForTheFaintOfHeart

Photo Credit :: Lindsay Herkert Photography

Lo is the Founder + Chief Innovation Officer of Trotting with Tots, a local stroller-toting mama tribe. When not scoping out new trails and neighborhoods to explore with the running group, she spends her time cooking up random vegan concoctions, inflicting pain on friends with her waxing skills, putzing around on her Cricut machine, inventing some new house project for her husband, and/or drinking wine while watching the latest episode of Intervention. Lo is married to her very own Magic Mike, whom she met on an airplane, and is lackey Mom to two munchkins (Gage + Gemma), and an allergy-ridden pup (Killian). She loves the color yellow, the sound of high heels on asphalt and gargantuan wind chimes.

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