Wednesday, March 18, 2020

No Real Answers

I'm wiped out. I spent another day in front of the computer fielding questions from my students regarding assignments posted online and realizing just how needy some of them are. 

"What's the class code to get in?" I was asked.

"It's the class code I included in the instructions," I responded.

I would like to say that only happened once. It didn't. Clearly, we haven't quite mastered reading directions.

Then tensions boiled over here at home as we discussed the grocery situation. (As in, we need some.) I feel like we're at a point where we need to minimize our exposure, so multiple people heading to the store on a regular basis doesn't seem like the best of ideas. And since my husband has to go to work at the grocery store, he seems the best candidate for picking up essential items, like . . . food for instance. He, of course, is of a different opinion. I get it. He's working like a madman to keep his shelves stocked when people are panic buying and he's not getting in enough product to fulfill the demand. There's a part of me, admittedly a selfish one, that feels like the needs of the family should be the first priority. A little hypocritical, I suppose, given the number of hours I devote to my own job. 

The stress of this whole situation can be a little overwhelming.

And we've only just begun. I can't even begin to imagine how this is going to go if social distancing, sheltering in place, and quarantines continue for the next several months. How do I effectively educate my students? How do I keep calm and make the best of this situation? How do I keep my family safe?

So many questions with no real answers.


  1. I think you're right about limiting exposure and spread. Hopefully we will all find more ways to find balance with this new normal. It's so stressful!

    1. So stressful! Right now if feels like we're all waiting for a bomb to drop.


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