This week was the start of life changing thanks to Covid-19. Changing for everyone, although lots of people don’t seem to have changed their habits frustratingly. Hopefully there’ll be less stupidity coming into next week. I’m not sure that future weeks will be that exciting. After all there’s no school, no activities, no going out other than food shopping. But we’ll see how continuing with Project 52 goes.
Here’s our week 12.
On Sunday N had a birthday party to go to – one of the other boys in his class. They’re also on a farm, just up the road, and he had a laser tag party. N had a great time – they played 3 games in 2 teams, then had a bit of party food before I took him home. He did pretty well with some good scores in the laser shooting, although they all seemed to have good scores.
Into work on Monday for the last time. It was pretty quiet with more people working from home than normal, like a Friday in the office really.
Tuesday was the start of different at school. No more swimming – the school decided to stop as the changing rooms are small and open, with too many children having to go through it. They’ve had a lot more sport at school though to help support other classes where teachers have been off. N likes PE so he’s happy – lots of tennis, gym and a bit of dance that he didn’t mind this time. I worked from home for the first day. The office then closed that evening for as long as it takes.
The bonus of working from home meant I could pick up N every day, although it’s not the same because they were doing social distancing at drop off and pick up from Wednesday. Literally kids get taken out of the car or moved across the car park by teachers, without parents needing to get out of cars. And at pick up, teachers take the children out of different doors per class, the send children across to parents who aren’t allowed to stand milling around, but stay near cars. It’s good they were doing it, but blimey it’s depressing not being able to just stand and chat to people. Instead I chatted to another mum through both our open car windows.
I cancelled N’s private tennis lesson because it felt a bit off to be doing it when we’re meant to be avoiding going out so much. Evidently tennis is one sport that’s feasible to do as if you make sure the balls are only picked up by the coach, then it’s non contact. But we were preparing for no more tennis for potentially the whole season. Gutted.
On Thursday things were feeling a bit more normal working from home. I rarely do it usually because I get really bored. I much prefer working with some people around me, so going so long working from home is going to be hard. Luckily we’re got good systems set up and teams are having drop in ‘hello, how’s things’ online calls so we can see people and feel like we’re not alone.
On Friday it was the last day of school…for we don’t know how long. Although the OH would fit under a key worker, I can work from home so N is just going to have to do school work alongside me where possible. My work understand that lots of the company have children and for the next few months at least, there will be people who can’t work their normal hours.
I feel for the children at school. Especially those in their exam years, or year 6. Our nephew will miss out on the residential trip, no leavers disco or service, not saying, no settling in day at secondary, no job takeover day for them. Even N was a bit sad because he’d not be able to see his friends for so long, and that they wouldn’t get moving up day to learn what the next class would be like. He’s worried he won’t know what he’s doing on the first day back (if it ends up being September). The school have done a great job in so much uncertainty, and in getting home learning packs ready for the next couple of weeks.
Saturday was a day of wait and see. Would my Tesco online shop arrive, how much would arrive and would I then need to go into town to getting missing things. Luckily it arrived with only 13 substitutions (2 which we sent back) and sliced bread totally missing. Not too bad, and doable. We still needed bread so nipped to the market and while there got some flowers for my mother in law for mother’s day (and some for myself – I chose and paid for them as N didn’t seem that excited by it).
The market has been dying for years, but with so many supermarkets out of fruit and veg and other basics, obviously lots of people decided to get produce from market stalls instead. We had to queue for the bakery stall, and everyone up to me was socially distancing properly. But of course someone came and stood right up close behind me so everyone behind him was doing the same. Sigh.
The rest of the day we took the puppy out for a walk up the field, built Gravitrax runs and did my latest jigsaw. A nice relaxing day.
N has been getting involved with helping me cook this week. He made these tortilla chips from old tortilla wraps. He even ate them with guacamole which he usually doesn’t like. I think cooking is going to be a big part of our home schooling over the next few months.