Historic events happened last week and are happening as I type, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All the cancellations have affected everybody. They cancelled our yearly achievement test six days before its initial date. All other events got cancelled, except for the taekwondo practice on Friday.
Still, looking around the room, I felt weird to look at 22 kids in that studio, breathing the same air together. The corona virus has already altered the way we live our lives, the way we look at the world and human interactions.
We have tried to keep the panic away from the kids. At some point, we had to talk to them about how serious this could become. The White House press briefings reassure me that smart people handle the situation. We are in good hands.
Prayer also helps. I listened to a sermon last night, recorded by this preacher about four years ago. The Holy Spirit spoke hope into my heart. It was T. D. Jakes. I really like listening to him.
At this point, I am trying to gather a list of new words: social distancing, high throughput, corona virus, COVID-19, contagious, infectious, pandemic, so we can learn them in this context. It keeps me grounded to focus on their learning, their education, and their growth.
Before President Trump declared a national emergency, we took a hike with our friends from Wild + Free Great Smoky Mountains. We went on a flat trail at Norris Dam State Park. The kids and their friends enjoyed themselves. The moms always like interacting with each other.