Well I almost forgot to write. It was a long day. It started with a faculty meeting to go over expectations for our new connected learning. After that, there were team meetings and planning to be done. I took a risk and videotaped myself teaching a writing mini lesson. It was ok for a first timer. I am trying to keep things in perspective and take it day by day. This new online learning seems a bit overwhelming but we will see.
Despite the stressors, today provided gifts. One was a nice, long walk with my daughter and my dog. My daughter is trying hard to keep her OCD and anxiety in check. I can not imagine how difficult it must be for her as it is so difficult for many of us who do not struggle. I can only be there to support, reassure, and love her in this time of uncertainty.
Another gift was Facetiming with my parents. Technology allows that grandparent “visit” even though we are miles apart.
So Friday happy hours are not in the foreseeable future. So what does one do? You hold a virtual happy hour. My last gift…4 couples, some wine, and technology. So many laughs and just what the doctor ordered.
What tonight showed me was that while we may be practicing social distancing, there are other ways to connect and connecting is so important. It is important to stay in touch with the loved ones in your life whether it be phone calls, texts, or a virtual happy hour. Just reach out.