I’ve had a few days off from writing. On Saturday my husband went to visit his Mum and my Sister-in-law to give them Mother’s Day and Birthday presents. He went alone as he’s the only one leaving the house apart from my eldest daughter who is still working at the Children’s Hospital. He managed to get his visit in before the Lock down.
Sunday was kind of surreal. My daughter bought me a gorgeous bunch of flowers which were delivered and really cheered my day. I didn’t expect anything as we are now living in difficult times. Yet, people still went out, visited elderly parents and grandparents. Went shopping, to recreational places and even the beach. When the government outlined the social distancing plan and the idea of flattening the curve, I just knew it wasn’t go to work. It needed people to abide by the rules, but who listens these day? I expect to see a huge rise in cases of COVID-19 in the next 14 days.
I’m feeling guilty that I sent my husband out on Saturday, but he was under strict instructions to keep his distance and stay no longer than 15 minutes. Which I hope he followed. Any signs of him getting sick and he’s going to be isolated within the home, but the trouble is, if he has got it it will be too late for the rest of us. I just hope that we were not too late. We’ve been at home for over 2 weeks already. The kid’s stopped going to school a week before they closed. I haven’t been out for three weeks.
I usually spend Mother’s Day fretting over the lack of care my husband shows by not getting me cards and gifts from our children, but this year it was far from my mind. This year I built up a heap load of fear instead. I read to much, I listened to too much, I overloaded my brain and I made myself sick, literally.
First Day of Home School
After a bad night of illness getting the kids to settle down with the HUGE amount of work they had been sent to do made me feel like just giving up. I was stressed out about not having any food. Terrified of sending the husband out to the crazy supermarkets I was happy that I was already registered as a vulnerable customer and would be able to get a slot for this week. I logged on to Sainsburys, did my shop, just a weekly one, got to check out and CRASH. The website refused to work again and I started to stress as my delivery slot time started to reach it’s end. If I didn’t checkout before 1.15pm the slot was gone. I called them and spent 45 minutes waiting for an answer. My slot expired. My shopping was no longer coming.
The kids did very little school work. Boo managed to do a lesson on her phone. I told her to get her laptop but she was already half way through and couldn’t transfer it. So she spent an hour typing up about 3 paragraphs on her phone. At least she did something.
Star couldn’t log on to her school site. I was in touch with her teacher who tried to help as much as possible. By the time we worked out the problem it was 3pm. No work for her then.
The Little Man has a ton of books which I have no idea what to do with. Each day School Ping is sending a lesson plan, but yesterday it didn’t work and we finally got the lesson plan at 5pm. The Little Man spent an hour reading his book. That was it.
I’m not stressing. The huge amount of work they have been sent has to be completed over a long time. It really kinds of hits you just how long they are going to be home! It’s scary.
The Day ended with a message from the Prime Minister saying that we are not allowed out anymore. We are now on lock down, I’m hoping it’s going to be quieter. There were loads of people moving around in my local area yesterday. Children playing out, adults gathering for drinks and bbq’s. Maybe they’ll be spending he next few weeks at home ill? I really don’t understand why people don’t take this seriously. I’ve seen some crazy things.
It took two days and many hours but I finally got a shopping delivery slot for tomorrow. The relief was amazing. I do have someone willing to go to the supermarket for me, but then I’d have to restrict my contact with them. The images I’ve seen of local supermarkets scare me. And I know he’s not the patient of people, I’ve imagined all sorts of scenarios if he did have to go.
Day 2 of Homeschooling.
I guess we had better get on with some work! I’ve home schooled before but only one child at a time. Three kids at three different ages is going to be a challenge. I am not a teacher, I have to keep reminding myself that. The older two can more or less get on with it themselves. The Little Man is a difficult one at the best of times. I’m aiming for two hours a day. I’m not running a school. They will get fresh air and exercise in the garden too. And we have Just Dance for some indoor exercise.
How is everyone else getting on?
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