The beginning of week number 3…and aren’t we all so excited! Arden came into my room this morning while I was watching the Today show and saw that the social distancing guidelines have been extended until April 30th. That went over really well, let me tell you! A whole month more of this situation, for her, seems very hard. She has never been a fan of going to school, but if I told her she could go back today – she’d start walking the 12 miles there immediately.
Loneliness is the real enemy here. Mom and Dad just aren’t cutting it for her – and trust me, we know we aren’t a good substitute for friends and teachers. We talked a lot about why we are staying home even though there are no reported cases in our county or the surrounding counties. We talked about how people in our county staying at home and not traveling to places that have the virus will help make sure that the virus doesn’t come here. This is a really hard concept to explain to a kid who just wants to go to school, but I think we got to a certain level of understanding – for the moment – this will be a conversation that will have to be had many times before this is all over.
Anybody else have a calendar/planner that looks like this?? For a person who likes to plan, this sight is very sad.
We are reduced to a day by day schedule. I bought this daily calendar so that Arden and I can keep up with what day it is. Knowing what day it is, hopefully, will be a tether to reality. Not that days of the week have any significance in this whole thing, because what we do on Monday looks exactly like what we did on Friday – but at least we can keep a count of the days we have successfully maneuvered this isolation assignment.
Thankfully it is a gorgeous day today. We have plans to take a very long walk after lunch and then play a little football toss game later in the afternoon. I think the fresh air will go a long way towards lifting our spirits today.
News of the Day:
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, there are more than 740,000 coronavirus cases and 35,000 deaths worldwide.
The United States now leads the world with more than 143,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with more than 2,500 deaths.
White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx projects 100,000 to 200,000 American deaths as a best case scenario.
President Trump announced that he was extending the CDC guidelines for limiting social contact through April 30.
The postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympics are now scheduled to begin on July 23, 2021.
Italy reported almost 900 new deaths, with the toll now surpassing 10,000. Spain has become the third country to pass China’s officially reported cases.
Plan for the Day: Get outside as much as possible. Work through our homeschool schedule. Mop the kitchen floor and clean the bathroom.
See you tomorrow!