It is now week 5 of being at home. Initially, I was unsure of how long this would last, but now we have settled into what is becoming regular life for us all. While it certainly is strange being home all the time, I think that we are all trying to find ways to create something normal where there wasn't. The first thing that helps is getting ready for the day. Waking up to shower, change, and look presentable to go absolutely no where seems counterintuitive, but it helps set the tone for the day. Lately, I've been creating crazy clothing combinations because: 1) I can, 2) nobody else can see my mismatch, and 3) it really makes Garrett laugh! Next, I set a daily routine. It's nice that we meet as a class on Zoom the same time everyday, and afterwards (if there is no other meeting) I will make it a priority to get some exercise. Basically, I have PE all by myself in an exercise room in my building. If I'm lucky, Garrett will join me and we will try to work out together (if he has no meetings). Lastly, a small nightly routine is to eat dinner at the same time each night. Even if it is leftovers (which it usually is) we sit down at 7:00 and watch one episode of a TV show together. After this, it is time to relax, read, and then get ready to do it all again the next day! What are some of the little things and routines that you and your family do to create the "new normal" at home?
I have to admit. This is getting a bit strange. As I work here at home, I try my best to keep a schedule, or a routine, but I really keep getting drawn into the story we last read together, "All Summer In A Day." It really seems to be foreshadow (give a prediction) what the conditions of our society have turned into. Despite all that is happening, I though about the phrase "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade." What this saying teaches us is that no matter what type of adversity or conflict you are facing, there is always a way to stay positive, show tenacity, and overcome a bad situation. Now...this is in no way an easy task. I actually think that it comes in various steps. The first step is to think of a positive, or warm memory of something that makes you happy. This is the beginning of warming your heart to be able to take those sour lemons and turn them into something sweet.
For me, one of those memories was when I first learned how to ride a bike without training wheels. I found it nearly impossible to balance on a two-wheeled bike, and my mom make it look SO EASY!. In fact, everything she did looked effortless, which frustrated me even more. Now remember, I'm a bit of a scaredy cat, so I was extremely frightened every time she would make me go on my new bike. Oh that beautiful, gleaming, new bike with the bell and a flower basket!!! Would I ever get to ride it?!? One day, for the millionth time, I got on the bike, and my mom held onto the back of the bike to help me balance. I thought,'I could really get used to this! Why can't I ride my bike like this all the time?' Well, my mom basically read my mind because I could hear her yelling, "Good job Michelle! I don't have to help you anymore!" I turned around to glance at her face, but she was far, far in the distance. I couldn't believe that I was actually riding my bike on my own! The wind rushing through my hair! The sound of the gravel passing underneath the tread of the bike tires. The crisp chill running up my arms as I went farther and farther from home. (see that rule of 3!) Anyways, sharing this memory has made me smile, warmed my heart, and is the first step in turning lemons into lemonade. Respond to my post by sharing a memory that warms your heart. Then check back during the week to respond to 2 other posts by your classmates.
I will admit, this is going to take some getting used to. When we were in class last Friday, and I began explaining to you the school closure, some of you were very quiet, some of you were very happy, and some of you really did not know what to think. Although on the surface, it seems like we all just have time off, in reality, this could not be farther from the case. I am working at home on this website to keep you all up to date and to give you resources and activities that will continue your learning. Those of you that have access to devices are very fortunate. Those who share or may not be able to access technology the way we do in school may struggle a bit. While we are away from one another, I want you to engage in learning in the best way possible, and know that learning and being informed is essential, if not vital to the way you live your lives. As we said on Friday, the situation is fluid, and is constantly changing. Through this uncertainty, I am going back to my personal mantra that a friend told me years ago: Reflect, Adjust, and Move On. We need to think about the situation that we are in and understand what is happening, make adjustments to our thinking that may disappoint us or displease us, and ultimately move on in order to live healthier and more productive lives. Please comment on what your thoughts or feelings are as we move forward in our current situation.