If the school closure, as it was announced, on Thursday 12 March, had lasted for 2 weeks, the children would be back at school already. If the lockdown, as it was announced on Friday 13 March, had lasted for 2 weeks, we would be back to normal life already. But as things stand, nobody knows when normal life will resume. There have been slight glimmers of good news in the sense that confirmed cases aren’t rising as rapidly as they were a few days ago. But that is all they are for now, slight glimmers.
Or maybe there is just a new normal. Not leaving the house. Mr H left the house for the first time in 2 weeks on Saturday to go and get some of our groceries. He said that it felt really weird. Like he was walking around the supermarket in a bit of a daze.
The children haven’t left it at all, and I think it is starting to get to them a little bit. We have had a few more meltdowns than normal and there are definitely more fiery arguments between them. The littlest one is really missing her school friends.
Home school is going ok. The littlest one is only 3 and does struggle to concentrate for longer than 10 minutes or so. The bigger one is 6 and has a fairly good concentration span, but does find it difficult when the littlest one is playing with something else whilst she’s still expected to finish her worksheets. Up until now, we have just let the biggest one get on with her worksheets without really doing much ‘teaching’, but there are new concepts popping up so we will have to try to do a bit of teaching too. That is going to be a challenge as her schooling is all in Spanish. At the moment my basic Spanish can handle it, but not sure how long that will last.
But inbetween times there are so many other things to play, learn and do. We’ve really enjoyed some origami this week (see the cats at the top of this post).
Work is going fine. Everyone is in the same boat, and we are all keen to make remote working work for us. Video calls have become the norm, and we’ve all adapted well. I still haven’t properly done my hair in 2 weeks though…
And we’ve had more video calls with friends and family than we’ve ever had. A particularly enjoyable call was with 2 school friends of mine who I haven’t spoken to in upwards of 12 years. It was great to catch up and to virtually meet their children.
How are you getting on in lockdown where you are?