The first thing you need to know about me is that I’m an introvert. I absolutely loathe being around people and much prefer staying in with my family. Or a good book, especially when the kids have depleted me.
The second thing you need to know is that our school district is closed, so my oldest is home and I get to be his secondary teacher (his teacher is still doing everything in her power to do video classes, of which I’m insanely grateful because having to homeschool at the drop of a hat has been a bit stressful).
The third thing you need to know is that I’m actually enjoying being housebound during the coronavirus outbreak here in the USA. So, I thought I’d share some of the things I’m loving about being stuck at home.
- Not having to drive. I hate driving. I absolutely, completely, utterly hate it. Which might seem weird considering I’m a Southern California girl at heart and anyone who knows SoCal knows we love our cars. Well, not me. I dragged my feet about getting my license so I didn’t actually get it until about 2 months before I started college, and only because my parents made the appointment. So, I really love not having to drive 4 times a day just to get my son to and from school.
- No small talk with parents and grandparents and other relatives. As an introvert, small talk makes me feel itchy. I don’t like it. I can’t stand it. I’d rather stand in silence and be completely happy. I cross my fingers 5 days a week that no one will talk to me. Of course, they’re actually all very nice, but I just don’t do small talk. Please stop talking to me.
- No lunch to pack. Well, this probably should have been #1. My son is super picky. It’s much easier to feed him at home. I try to perk up his lunch by throwing in new things. Sometimes I’ll add a cookie or some chips, but he always come home with it untouched, asking, “Why’d you pack that? I don’t want it.” And then he’ll ask for cookies and chips for his snack. I hate making lunches for this kid.
- I get to try out homeschooling. My husband and I have tossed around homeschooling for close to a decade now (our oldest is in Kindergarten). Since I’m at home, it’s completely reasonable for us to switch out of a traditional school. I do like that he’s around his peers and learning how to be in a more structured environment, but I also really like the idea of being in charge of his education and going at whatever his actual pace is. So, as difficult as it is to switch to a new format in the middle of the year, I’m really relishing this opportunity.
- I get to stay home! Like I said, I loathe being around people and would much rather stay home with my family. Yes, I’ll miss being able to take my kids to the park, the mall, play spaces, even Target, but I will not miss having to be mindful of other people’s kids while they are only watching a screen, having to dodge around people who aren’t looking where they’re going, and being pulled in two different directions by two very stubborn children who have conspired to hardly ever agree. I’m so happy to have an excuse to stay home. Party coming up? No, I’m staying in, not exposing myself to a nasty virus and small talk. I mean, it’s a ready-made excuse that completely makes sense.
- Getting to watch my kids play together. I love having both my kids at home. They’re not quite 3 years apart, but are really best friends. They do yell at each other and get on each other’s nerves, but, right now, they are each other’s favorite playmate. Just yesterday they were down the hall from each other in their own rooms, jumping up and down on their beds, and waving at each other. It was so cute, it melted my heart. I adore watching them together. They’re sweet and silly, when they’re not being destructive.
What are some things you’re enjoying about having to stay home because of the coronavirus?
And, before I go, here’s a new blog from a preschool teacher in Italy. As she’s on lockdown, she decided to start a blog to share some teaching resources. Also check out some advice from my best friend who lives in China and has been dealing with the coronavirus since last year.
Stay healthy, everyone!