Hello again, outside world! How are you? We are . . . Wait, let me push these coats aside and move my desk closer to this stack of blankets. . . Now I can close the door. . . . There. We are fine, thank you for asking. Here are a few snippets from life at Jones Home.
We have continued our daily survey of neighbors and know a little more about the trend opinions. For example, Harry Potter came out exactly the same against Star Wars (6 votes each), but the neighborhood prefers platypus * over narwhals (12-9). A large majority would like to live near the ocean rather than on a mountain, but only a narrow margin thought black jelly candy was “yuck” instead of “yum”.
This survey is a great way to connect with neighbors. But it is also an ideal opportunity to compile the results, graph them and let gamers rate the probability.
Not that we did, but it’s a good opportunity.
* “Platypus” is the generally accepted plural of platypus, although we have the instinct to Latinize it as “platypus”.
These days the girls and I are going on long trips and listening to Imagine Dragons and Carbon Leaf. Another time, the boys and I – and now Bookgirl – sit in the living room and play Wizard 101, an online multiplayer game that allows us to fight enemies and complete quests together. Darren reads aloud in the evening All creatures big and small by James Herriot.
It sounds like a pretty good time of family togetherness and we enjoy it. But these are also ways to escape the fear and insecurity that hangs over everything. When fighting a Cyclops, you don’t have to remember that shops are closing, people are getting sick, and whether the drama production or the scout camp is really going to take place this summer.
For most of the month, our local grocery store no longer consisted of paper products, pasta, rice, and most canned goods. It makes me realize how much more work it is for my friends who need special foods or foods that are usually less readily available. The last time Darren and I went shopping, there was pasta and rice on the shelves, and the meat was plentiful. Still no toilet paper, but my expectations have been adjusted. I came home and wrote a letter to the grocery store staff thanking them for their hard work.
Sparkler only reminded me of an excursion that was never done. We wanted to take sparklers to dinner and talk about our expectations for dating and relationships, which we did with Bookgirl and Gamerboy a few years ago. Now that all the restaurants are closed, Sparkler suggested that we go take-away and have a drive appointment. “And that way the club won’t ruin the restaurant for me if I say something embarrassing.” Because she is thirteen.
It looks like we’ll have to submit standardized tests by the end of the year. We find that annoying. Standardized tests can be good practice for students and a way to assess which areas need more focus. However, the tests are not a good measure of training. They are also boring for everyone involved. But, just like staying at home did not affect our school year, this is not a major obstacle to running the tests. Perhaps we will send a box of chocolates cleaned with the results.
Nobody knows what day it is today. Aside from a few online lessons, we don’t have the usual tags “Tuesday means theater rehearsal” or “Thursday is co-op”. A favorite of mine announces: “Today is Blursday, the forty-third of Maprilay.” That agrees with me.
This is how we do it during this period of isolation. Oh, and excuse the coats and blankets and stuff. I am, um. . . Well, I think that best describes it:
Extroverts: I visit friends everywhere via video chat and phone calls! It is difficult, but we can do it together!
Introverts: Hey, when I put my desk and laptop in the closet and close the door, I can’t hear anyone in the house and nobody can speak to me without warning.
Let me know how you are in the comments!
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