I got a text yesterday afternoon at 2:06 pm in our family group chat:
Schools closed rest of year.
It knocked the breath out of me. We had guessed this would happen, but the governor announcing it 5 minutes into his briefing made it real. Even though abstractly we figured the kids wouldn’t be going back to school, once it was official, I really thought about what this would mean.
Five more months. Five more months of all of us at home. That’s assuming schools start back up in August as normal. Given that only two countries so far have actually seen their COVID-19 curves begin to flatten after a sharp rise (China and S. Korea), with that easing beginning after 8-10 weeks of lockdown, and given that other countries who halted it quickly and are now opening things back up are seeing surges in cases again, let’s just say we’ll see about August.
A friend recommended the book The Obstacle is the Way for guidance on coping. From what I understand, the gist of the book is that what matters most is how we choose to react to adversity: to focus on the things we can control rather than freaking out or lamenting the things we cannot. I’m going to read a few pages to ground myself before starting my workday.