Social Distancing: Day One

The last post I wrote was a week ago. I wrote on a Monday. My plan to write every day in March hasn’t worked out. I also had an entire plan on what I was going to write each day.

Everything is different now, and we are now living in a life that I had never imagined. Everything is different, and the anxiety is high.

My writing plan has changed. I will now be blogging about our life of Social Distancing. Although, we’ve been working on it for a few days, today was our first official day. We won’t be making plans to meet up with friends, and I won’t be dropping my son off at preschool. Yesterday was his last day at preschool for time time being.

My mom has been here for the last week. That’s part of the reason I haven’t been writing. I was enjoying her company. I was enjoying the help.

We will be isolating ourselves at home. I’m a solo momma who will be in a house all day with her toddler and dog. I’m not the only one. We will try to get outside as much as we can though.

I want to write this because years from now, I’m hoping to read it again, and find this time to be unbelievable. Because in my almost 40 years in my life, this is a completely new experience. It’s unbelievable.

We are isolating ourselves. We are social distancing from the world because of the Coronavirus. We don’t want to get sick, but we also don’t want to get other people sick. The truth is: this pandemic is scary, but it’s not just about us. It’s about the people who will get sick and may not survive. It’s about the businesses that may end up closing for good. It’s about the charities and non profits that can’t accept donations right now, and can’t fund raise like they want to. If Anthony and I get sick, we will probably get better, but at least we will know that we’ve done our best not to spread this around.

With that, we have survived day one of our isolation. They have closed all play centres, schools, libraries, and pools. Everything. They’ve closed and cancelled everything. We are home and so is everybody else. (As they should be.) Yesterday, I had an anxiety attack about this. I panicked. I cried. And then I took a breath and kept on going.

Today, was our first day home alone, and we didn’t get up to much. We had screen time. We watched Frozen 2. (Loved it.) Anthony watched his new favourite movie – Lady and the Tramp (the old animated one). We didn’t do much. It was a lazy day, and I think that’s needed. We’ll have more. But not all of them. We need to have more plans. We will be getting outside every day. It didn’t happen today, but it will tomorrow.

I will be taking a bit of time every night to make a plan for the next day. I’m also going to let my son pick his own outfit everyday starting tomorrow. It’s time, and I look forward to his choices. (I will be wearing a lot of leggings and funky outfits as well.)

I will be back tomorrow with our update. Today was slow, but we did celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. My mom decided Green Milk Shakes were important so that’s what we did. Last year, I made Anthony search for a pot of gold. This year, we just had green milkshakes and matching hats, and that’s all we needed. It was a good day.

There was a quote today from Olaf in Frozen 2 that I thought fit what we are going through perfectly. “We’re calling this controlling what you can when things feel out of control.” He said it while children were putting icicles in his face. As soon as I heard it, I though it fit so many lives right now.

I’ll be back tomorrow. Happy Social Distancing.

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