Sheltering In Place

by William Skink

What a week.

After doing the mad scramble for supplies I’m ready to hunker down. I don’t have a job to go back to next week and the kids don’t have school to go back to. We are ready for a long haul.

While there are still people who think this virus thing is being overly hyped, or a total hoax, I’m not taking the chance of increasing the odds that my parents will get sick.

For at least the next few weeks no play dates for the kids and only essential travel for mom and dad. It’s going to be difficult but we are better prepared than most.

Doing the home school thing is going to be interesting. Making and sticking to a schedule will be important for everyone.

The garden we are planting this year will be bigger and better maintained. We got four new chicks yesterday who cheep frantically before passing out beneath the heat lamp.

The neighbor girl wanted to jump on the trampoline with my daughter this evening but we said no. Explaining why to an almost four year old is not easy.

There are a lot of different angles to consider when thinking about what is happening and what our actual risks are.

My current assessment: the old paradigm is dead and the quicker we realize it the better.

About Travis Mateer

I'm an artist and citizen journalist living and writing in Montana. You can contact me here: willskink at yahoo dot com
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