During the COVID-19 lockdown period, our two families spent time at home doing different things and interacting with each other with appropriate social distancing.
Barb and George, both recently retired, spent time working on various projects around the house. George channeled his inner electrician and installed new outlets in the house while Barb tended to her beautiful plants in the back yard. Lots of cleaning and organizing projects and home cooking took place over the many weeks of the stay-at-home order
On the other side of the duplex, Gretchen, a single mother of two, cared for her family. Long-distance learning and schooling at home took up a large part of the day as mom guided Zander (1st grade) through his schoolwork. It was a challenge at first, but after a few weeks, they found a good rhythm and Zander finished his work early. Lila (preschool) joined in the learning doing some of her brother’s 1st grade work and practiced her writing. The afternoons were times to get out of the house and go for walks through the woods and bike rides through town.
Barb and George periodically had backyard fires and the kids would dance and play outside while mom would take a much-needed break inside to have a few minutes alone. Even though our two families are not related, we care about each other very much and feel like we’re a kind of family of our own. This quarantined time, though challenging in it’s own way, brought us all closer together.