Today it is Day 58. Two more school days till we finish. That is a remarkable accomplishment!
Take a good look at your kid(s) and see if you can see just how much they have grown and how far they have come. Have you gotten closer during this quarantine time? Too close some days? Or have you been an essential worker and are feeling robbed of all this “family time” compared to others? Where are we now compared to where we were on March 12th when we last left the schoolhouse?
We are all changed in some way.
Our world views are different. Our understanding of virology has grown hugely. We have slowed down, or sped up—either way we have had to change pace. And focus—we have had to change focus in a really big way. So how are we seeing the world now? How are we seeing ourselves in it? How are we seeing our children in it? It is worth some thought.
I often wonder what ‘new normal’ will look like when we get back to as close to normal as we can.
How will we do school safely?
What will be different about our children’s experience of school now?
I deeply hope that our scientists (so many of them also Fernbank parents!) can find a way to make it safe to be together again like we were before. I cannot imagine standing at the front door of Fernbank welcoming kids in and not being able to hug them. It is a truly distressing thought.
We will certainly be more mindful of so many things like handshakes—I don’t think they are really necessary and not sure I will miss them so much. Like getting in an elevator—we will forever more be listening for symptoms of illness from our fellow lift-riders—maybe we will take the stairs more often. Soccer games, family reunions, movie theaters, concerts, graduations! SO many things we will think about differently and modify our behaviors going forward to the reestablished level of social decorum.
But the ‘kid hug’ at the door….
That one will be hard for me to change. I will work on it when I must, but for now, I am holding onto the hope that we can still teach and reach kids on their level and in the ways children deserve—whole heartedly and with our full presence. And for me this includes the good morning hug. I’m holding onto that goal until someone tells me different.
Have a great final two days! I hope to see you on the Caravan route Friday!
So much love to you all,