Day 21

E:
The day was undoubtedly spring-like.  The doors and windows are open.  The grass is greening every day.  We played rounds of our new invented football game, “Big Chungus,” and we are looking forward to the new trampoline net which should be here by today so that the game can be played in full force.

I had this thought the other day about how I used to slack when my little brother wanted to play football when we were kids – mostly in my preteen/teen years – when I was kinda over it.  I am now certainly making up for those lost football hours.  We play almost every evening.

I went on a long walk solo, saw people driving, riding bikes with masks on.

Yesterday we got the grill going for the first time this season with burgers.  We ate outside.  The kids played until it was dark, and then they slept in the “tiny house” outside (playhouse).  We ran an electrical cord out so that they can watch their shows.  It was so cute to see the little windows glowing. At around 10:45pm, M ran in with a bloody nose from getting swatted by his sister (by accident) as they were adjusting for sleep.  Other than that, it was a huge success, and I hope there will be more of these adventures.

Keeping busy with work, kids started back up with school today,  almost finished “Where the Crawdads Sing,” which I will pass along to M,  we ordered new card game + books for M, new paints for M…onward we roll into April.

My new word….allow.

M:
Day 21 was a good transition into restarting school. I did a lot of art and hung it around my room, then I went outside and played football with my brother. After, we slept in the tiny house. This was a lot of fun because we had time to just talk. We never have time to talk and we learned a lot about each other. This day was calming and getting along with my family makes quarantining with them better. I still talk to my friends every day so I’m realizing how similar it is to physically being around them. We still talk like we used to, the only difference is that it is through a screen. I cannot believe we are already on day 21. That seems so crazy to me. Time has been going a lot quicker than I thought it would. That is a huge plus side because that means school will finish quicker. I really hope this virus slows down during the summer and I can see my friends more. Everyone misses each other so much and that makes me excited for the moment we see each other. We have already made a lot of plans for what we are going to do at the end of this. We’re going to have a lot of group sleepovers and hangouts. We’re going to cherish our time together and be so much more grateful for it than we were before. I’m so glad that everyone has kept in contact with each other so well. This shows us how strong our friendships are and that we can literally get through anything. I got new art supplies and I have a show that I love so I feel like I’m finally settling down in my own home.

M:
Today was our last day of break so my mom didn’t make us go on a hike. For breakfast I had bagels and lox and played games with my friends. We hung around the house and I played on my trampoline. After dinner I taught my sister how to do a backflip then we slept in the mini house we have in our backyard.

Days 15-20

E…Snippets, Haikus:

Quarantined lovers
stand six feet apart, windy
Delta parking lot.

Between us, the two
clipped daffodils you brought, one
is me, one is you.

Two hours to the red
rocks, desert flowers bloom white,
plum, yellow, crimson.

A Mars planet, no
one on the roads, our spirits
lift by the river.

Support comes from the
most unexpected places,
these little graces.

A couple degrees
of separation – in all
directions, closer.

How vulnerable
we all are now, and not just
in our bodies.

Sunday morning, the
first day I practiced yoga
with a woodpecker.

Healing comes in the
form of two dimensional
faces on a screen.

Armageddon.  What
is that, music? An ice cream
truck, an empty street.

M:

Spring break – Six days 

Spring break was perfect timing for a relaxing break away from online school. I partly wish that they skipped spring break and just ended school early because that’s what Telluride did, but I know that this break was good for me. I don’t know if I’m ready to start school again but I feel like during this break I’ve gotten very organized. I now make my bed every day and I keep my room super clean. I think that I can dive back into school and really stay on top of it. I still really miss my friends. Like more than I ever thought I could. I really need that connection, but in some way I think we’ve made an even greater connection. We talk all the time and we have personal conversations that we don’t normally have. Anna was allowed to spend a couple nights at my house because she’s been in complete quarantine. That was really good for her and I know she needed it a lot and it felt good to be there for her and be able to physically hug her. My friends and I watch movies together and we facetime so I feel like our connection has gotten so strong. School has been easier and harder than I thought at the same time. Our assignments are easy, but it’s really hard to find the motivation to do them. I now realize that when my room is clean and my life is in order, I focus much better and my schoolwork becomes easier. We are going to start writing again every day and get back on our regular schedule. I’m very excited for school to end, but I know i’ll make it through happily and I’ll work very hard to keep my life in order. 

M:
The weekend review-
Over the weekend we did many things like going on a hike in the desert. We also got to see my dad on Sunday.  He came down to Ridgway and we played football. We also got groceries from the market. This time we got most of the stuff that we ordered. Rob was going to come but he couldn’t and we were sad that he wasn’t able to make it. We start doing school from home again on Tuesday and I really don’t want to. It is interesting how doing everything from home kinda feels normal now.

The Weekend (Days 11 & 12)

E:
Old Things Healed, New Things Tried

On the hike, there is no hashing out
of how it used to be, there is just the river,
and the broken bridge rebuilt

downstream, only birds and the songs they make,
and the new green blades that push through
the detritus. Attention is the new ground

from which we will grow.  At home,
anything goes, the kids take risks
on blue cheese, banana pancakes, a new trick

on the trampoline.  We meet for virtual music
and linger, soft silences melodic, traded thoughts.
No point in filling the spaces with old stories,

time now to believe the black-capped
chickadee, the belt of Orion, to be a part
in a new kind of together.

M:
This weekend was the beginning day of spring break. I went on a lot of walks with my friends and my family. Before this virus, I didn’t walk this much, I mean I had my sports, but I didn’t take the time to be outside in the fresh air on my own. I didn’t know how much I liked walking. Usually when I hang out with people we go sit inside. I’ve gotten to walk all over town which feels so weird because there is no one in town. It feels like a ghost town. We drove by the school and usually when I take that drive I have this feeling of really not wanting to go, but now when I drive by all I want to do is go back. This is probably good because now I will really appreciate going to school. I want to be back in class talking to people and I want to be sitting at the lunch table with my friends. I heard about how the coronavirus numbers are going down in China and I know we can’t legally make everyone stay inside, but I wish we could follow their path a little and get rid of this virus. Our numbers are going up so much and I don’t understand why people aren’t staying inside because they feel like they don’t have to worry. People need to realize that just because they can’t get sick, their loved ones can. They need to be careful. It’s so hard to stay inside but we will have to much longer if people don’t start being aware. I want to enjoy my spring break and I am supposed to be with my friends but now I can’t. But, I have to remember to be grateful that I can still walk around with my friends because some people can’t even leave their houses. I am so lucky but I really miss my people. I know that this will end, but it’s hard for me to not know how long it will go. 

M:
THE WEEKEND
On Saturday we woke up and my mom taught a class. We had a skillet for breakfast and I played games with my friends. After that we went on a hike with my dad and  it was fun to see him. On the hike we played football. I also threw the ball for my dog and found a stick to throw for her in the river. After that I did some tricks on the trampoline and we watched a movie called 1917. We then went to bed because we were tired.
SUNDAY
Today we woke up and laid around the house in the morning. We didn’t do much today. after lunch we went on our daily hike and then came back. I played video games with my friends and went back out on the trampoline. I was sad because it was Sunday and on Monday we had to start doing our work from home again. Then I remembered it was spring break. My mom and I then watched a show and went to bed.