Sometimes it feels like I chart time through writing Happy Hours. Another week passed! What did I do? What month is it even? And reflecting back on this week, other than working (which I am so, so grateful to be able to do) we built a fence! As we all come to terms with the fact that this actually is our new normal, we’re spending a lot of time working on our yard. I mean…. what else is there to do? And our kids are going to spend all summer playing outside, so we might as well make it nice. (Plus, I’m here for any excuse for physical exertion and fresh air right now.) And as for those kids, we’ve mostly evolved into unschooling. They’ve built a catapult, done art, dug for worms, learned to play independently… and that has to be enough for now.
Meanwhile, it’s Mother’s Day, and… I’m not even sure that that means in quarantine. We’ll probably order a meal from a local place, and maybe I’ll have David buy me flowers. Then we’ll have supported small business and I’ll have gotten something nice and… yay? I guess.
But mostly, I want to check in with all of you. For those of you who were scheduled to get married in 2020, how are you coping and what are you doing? For those of you newly engaged, what kind of support do you need? For everyone else, it’s Mental Health Awareness month, and it’s never been more important to check in with each other about how our mental health is, and how we’re doing. With infections, food insecurity, and job losses mounting, it’s a terrible time navigate. A friend recommended that the government put Ativan in the drinking water, but short of that… how are you coping?
Here’s your open thread. Hit it!