Quarantining

What if we used our mothering love less like a laser, burning holes into the children assigned to us, and more like the sun, making sure all kids are warm?

Glennon Doyle, Untamed

This time last week, the thing teachers were most concerned about was the confluence of a time change, full moon, and Friday the 13th happening all in one week. What a difference a week can make. The only way I know how to describe how I’m feeling is weird. Trying to stay calm but also prepare for being holed up at home for an indeterminate amount of time. Trying to get my kids into a routine but also remembering that it’s okay if the schedule isn’t followed exactly. Grateful that the weather is at least nice so they can go outside. I’ve already gone to town on our storage room and really should have considered ordering a dumpster for the purging I’m going to have time to do now.

I’m planning to carve out time daily to write. I haven’t been making time and now that I seem to have nothing but time I’m going to be able to get to things that often get shoved to the back burner. I have a list of things I want to write about that I’ve been thinking about for months. Today’s post isn’t one of those. Today’s post is more about forcing myself to write and post….write and post…write and post without worrying about “perfection” or “innovation.”

The quote at the top of today’s post is from Glennon Doyle’s new book Untamed. I devoured this book during the first two days of our #coronocation. I felt connection to this quote on so many levels. Glennon often talks about there being no such thing as other people’s children. The number one thing my friends and I were most concerned about with this school closing? The families for whom schools are the only social net available to them. Our society expects schools to be so much more than schools. They provide so many necessary services to the most vulnerable in our communities. And when that social safety net has to close its doors, who is going to care for these people? I certainly wouldn’t expect the current administration to do anything meaningful anytime soon unless you’re already wealthy. I encourage people to remember this moment when they’re considering how to vote in November.

Time to get back to the homeschool schedule I made for my kiddos – we’re about to head into an hour of quiet/alone time…here’s to hoping I can actually get them to separate from each other.

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