Yesterday we allowed our three grandchildren to visit us in our home for the day after 25 days apart.
We are normally very involved in their lives.
We are both seniors in good health.
Our son and his family have been obeying the stay at home order in RI for over two weeks.
My DIL, Jean goes out alone for needed supplies and they have started a grocery delivery service for most of it.
We went to Jamaica on March 10 for one week (seemed like the entire world changed the week we were away) and have stayed home since then, again, only I go out for needed food and medicine.
Including Jamaica, that is 23 days....of course we did travel home on the 17th, through empty airports...using plenty of hand washing, wipes, and hand sanitizer.
So, for these past two weeks, Jean has been teaching her own middle school students from her kitchen table while supervising her two older kids homeschooling and watching over my son managing their younger one’s kindergarten work.
All so far, so good.
Apparently the teachers have realized they cannot teach all day remotely without any time to prepare and collaborate, so RI has gone to a four day school week for the students to give the teachers Friday’s to get that important work done and to share what is working in this new way to teach and learn. Excellent idea!
As many of you know, my son has stage IV cancer and has been told he has at most one more year, possibly two. He has just left employment to focus on his health and his family.
He had chemo this Monday (as he has every other week for three years) and, although he has tolerated the changing chemo cocktail fairly well, this one knocked him down and he has spent the last few days in bed or in his bathroom.
Imagine adding this to Jean’s burden.
Of course she is also doing all the cooking, feeding, cleaning, laundry, bathing of the family.
Can you imagine it?
She is 47 and not the picture of health herself, being a little Irish bartender and party girl until she settled down to be a mom and teacher.
If something happens to Jean the whole house comes tumbling down.
Also, since the kids are on screens so much for school right now she is trying to limit that outside of schoolwork.
And, of course we had to have a wet damp week...she made them go outside and play in the yard anyway...good for her!
So, we after hearing Dr Sanjay Gupta (one of our most reliable sources) say we need to guard our mental health when making these decisions we decided to bring the kids here for the day so Jean could work and hopefully get some rest over there.
The kids were ecstatic to get out of their house and come play with their toys and games here on yet another gray, windy, damp day.
We all shared a loooong hug and it filled my heart and soul like FaceTime could never do.
I thought Lucy would not release me from her arms.
We also kept them off screens so it was all play all day...boy was I beat when they left!
We painted, we danced and sang, played army guys and school and board games.
Pearl did a science experiment and then taught us about elements that turn into potions and disintegration.
My house was trashed...imagine how theirs looks!
Papa brought them home, happy, fed, bathed, in jammies, at bedtime.
Patrick had been in bed for another day.
(Side thought...I wonder if they will do his bi-monthly scan in Boston this month???)
We may take the kids every Friday for the duration.
Anyway, I did not want any of my dear sparkpeeps to think we were not complying with all the new guidelines by bringing the kids here.
We all needed it so bad.