A little over a week ago I sat across from my school district's associate superintendent and asked if she thought we would miss any school because of the corona virus. She replied that nothing was out of the question, but at that point it still seemed so remote.
Just a few days later, COVID-19 was the only thing anyone could talk about....and now here we are a week later, and we've been socially distancing for what seems like forever. (It's only been four days, for the record).
School is canceled for the next four weeks....at least. My high school senior is coming to grips with the fact that she might not have a prom or a graduation. We are adjusting to our new normal.
I have also been sucked down the rabbit trail of social media and horrifying news accounts all too often.
I debated blogging or not, but honestly, I'm trying to keep a somewhat normal routine and blogging is a part of that. With all this free time, one would think that I would have a lot of reading to show for it, but it's been hard to concentrate. I'm hoping that as I adjust I'll feel more like reading.
I did read Separation Anxiety by Laura Zigman in between all of my time online. And in addition to the title being appropriate for what is happening in real life, I also enjoyed the story.
Judy has started wearing her dog in a sling that she found packed away from her child's infant days. She finds it comforting as much of her life seems to be falling apart. She's still dealing with her parents' deaths, her son is having troubles at school, she and her husband are separated but can't afford to divorce, so he's sleeping in a different bedroom, and another close friend is battling cancer.
This story might seem like a downer, but there's humor in it as well as some wise advice (I almost underlined a few things, but decided against it only because I'll be adding this book to my Little Free Library). Considering I was not the best reader and had a hard time focusing on much of anything, Separation Anxiety did a great job of entertaining me and keeping my mind occupied on something other than the corona virus.
I've moved on now to a middle grade novel that will be released later this year and hope to be back to blogging more regularly.
I've debated my Friday Five post, but I've found a few cute things online and maybe you, like me, would like to think about something light and happy for a few minutes. So check back tomorrow to see what I'm sharing.