Time Capsule March 2020: Sitting in the Driveway on Saturday Afternoon
Stay at home with a soundtrack.
I’m not sure what day this would be if we’re counting stay at home days for the coronavirus.
I haven’t really been counting, but my work made their move to work from home two weeks ago, and the kid’s schools shifted a few days later. We had already made the decision to keep them home before the schools finalized their plans. There’s a lot more that goes into that decision for a school system over one hundred thousand than a family with two elementary kids and a toddler. The daycare is still technically open, but we decided to keep the solid toddler home as well, considering it’s a global pandemic. I appreciate the daycare for staying open for now, as I know they are meticulous at following all the county health guidelines.
Someone needs to be available to watch the kids of the essential workers who are powering us through this crisis.
The County stay at home order came in late last week, and the Governor has now announced a statewide order starting on Monday the 30th for 30 days.
Many activities are continuing based on photos and videos I see online. Beach trips have continued. Playdates and babysitting are happening. It is tough to judge, though, because the flow of information has been stilted at best and tilted at worst.
I know I’m in a great spot.
My wife requested we put some music on in the driveway, so I grabbed our Bluetooth speaker and started my Pandora mix built from the Avett Brothers.
“Always remember there is nothing worth sharing like the love that let us share our name.”
We pulled my oldest off the Chromebook to join us outside and he requested a new book off the shelf to spend his non-screen time. He’s on the fourth book of Madeleine L’Engle’s time quintet.
The nine-year-old is swinging herself on the rope swing in the front yard. Its become one of her favorite spots around the house.
The music is drifting through as the toddler walks my way, and Pops Staples with The Band sings to me.
“Go down, Moses, there’s nothing that you can say. It’s just old Luke and Luke’s waiting on judgment day.”
The toddler is soaking wet in her seafoam blue/green onesie and diaper. She and her sister had the hose out earlier filling a mixing bowl to play in along with a new water table we got from a neighbor.
The elementary kids feel the disruption, but they don’t really know the extent of the news of the world. The toddler is a blessing and, of course, is handling this the best of all of us.
She seems to be taking more after her Mom.
“Well, I would like to hold my little hand
And we will run, we will, we will crawl, we will”
We were a little worried last weekend when the middle child spiked a fever, but she bounced right back the next day.
Then my son and I both started feeling a lump in our throats early this week into full-on sore by Wednesday. With the current situation, I was able to do an e-visit, and he had a video conference with the pediatrician to diagnose strep throat.
I’ve never been so happy to have strep.
“I am a breathing time machine.
I’ll take you all for a ride.”
We’ve got an excellent spot for distancing. We’re in a neighborhood where the houses aren’t too close together.
Technology is better than ever, but I can feel the separation.
Mom finished her initial course of radiation yesterday (I haven’t been able to write much about that yet). I’m thankful my brother is there because we aren’t visiting grandparents. Our little circus is more likely to be asymptomatic carriers that infect others.
“Don’t let the days go by. Could’ve been easier on you.”
This moment with the kids in the driveway is precious. This moment in our world can’t end soon enough.
I’ve worked retail in the past. My heart goes out to any store employee who is still at work with the public at this time.
My skills aren’t in the health sector, but my support is with every one of you out there working for us through the risk. I know what is happening in the world and if staying home is what I can do. I’m here.
Please follow the advice.
Please operate safely as we learn more.
And when this is all over
“We’ll run away together
We’ll spend some time forever
We’ll never feel bad anymore.”
Song List with Artist (linked to youtube):
- Murder in the City (Avett Brothers)
- The Weight (The Band with the Staples Singers)
- Send Me On My Way (Rusted Root)
- Laundry Room (Avett Brothers)
- Glycerin (Bush)
- Island in the Sun (Weezer)
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