Week 27: Next week is the first full week of school in person here in our little town. I am still second guessing our decision health wise but know it is the right thing for my son. It feels like a lose/lose situation. Both of my kids looked at me the other day and said, “You know by this time we thought we would be starting the school musical and back in college. I can’t believe we are still doing this.” I know there is a reason and a purpose that we are going through this and someday we will look back and understand all this but I do feel bad for the kids and college students. Their lives are unfolding far more different than they or we ever thought they would.
This is the first corporate tax season in 25 years that my wife isn’t working at the office from 8 am to 10-12 at night. She is in her office in the basement and it is actually kind of nice. I never thought she could work from home and it would work well for us. But, it really has, especially right now. She can come upstairs to eat dinner with the family or use her lunch to run to the store quickly to pick up something we need. It has been nice. Normally the kids and I would not see her for days as she may come home after we are asleep and gone in the morning before we are awake. I have asked her to see if she could continue maybe 2 days in the office and 3 days at home when they go back to the office.
I guess the pandemic is teaching us all new things. We can do things we never thought we could do – work from home, cook most of our meals at home, teach, and be compassionate with each other. How I hope we can carry these things forward as we go back to “normal.”