Lessons from the 31st Week

The 31st week became our spring break instead. The kids enjoyed their extra time and I took in the events as they happened ever so rapidly. New changes to our lives came every day, as you know, due to the COVID-19 outbreak and the national emergency declaration on March 13, 2020.

Skype violin lessons

My children have been taking Skype violin lessons for four years.

We also decided to heed the President’s Guidelines for America, 15 days to slow the spread of the coronavirus. This meant we stayed home. Period. My husband did all the grocery shopping for us. I only went out once, to get my weekly allergy shots. My doctor’s office is only five minutes from my house and there is usually no wait time. I get my shots, wait 20 minutes to check for a reaction, then I come back home.

At this point, we are thankful for our backyard. Our violin lessons happen as usual, over Skype. So we kept that going. We also continued with our daily devotionals and reading “Anne of Green Gables,” our read-aloud title for the month. Honestly, we have grown very fond of Anne and her adventures. It has been quite a good distraction from the anxiety pervading our society.

The kids also continue practicing piano every day, even though we decided not to go to piano lessons during our spring break. We may be moving piano lessons to Skype, as well.

I have baked more and cooked meals that require more preparation. The kids have gone outside every day to play in the yard, when it has not rained. They have Zoomed with their friends and coach from Science Olympiad, and have played video games with friends who live in Washington State.

We are learning to take it one day at a time. Let us pray for our world, our country, our economy, and for our leaders, who make momentous decisions every day.

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