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Day 489: Like Normal

My kids’ camp has passed the fourteen-day mark, and everyone at camp tested negative for COVID; now they can all put away their masks, sing together, hug their friends. For the first time in 489 days, everything feels normal (the old normal, not the “new” one everyone’s always talking about.) Lucky them.

Here at home things feel pretty normal too. My to-do list is long and getting longer by the day, it seems. I’ve not accomplished what I had hoped to in the past two weeks. It might be time to throw half my “to-do” list into a “to-don’t” list instead.

(Do you like that one? I misread my friend’s post on facebook as being about her “to-don’t” list and we’ve now decided to start using it as a phrase.)

Over the past six years, I’ve had friends look at my kids and say something like, “I don’t know how you do it with four!” My stock response is that actually, four kids are easier than one. And now that I’ve had an only child for two weeks straight, I can confirm it. Unless E has a playdate, she’s clamoring for my attention even when she knows that I’m trying to work. And really, I’d rather be giving her my attention than working on trip planning and curriculum planning and the five dozen little odd jobs around the house. Sadly, sometimes I do have to buckle down and work.

I’m thankful that E has her friend who lives on our block, whose parents are as cool with spontaneity as I am, and who is free all day, every day. They’ve had epic playdates lasting four, five, even six hours of continuous play and absolutely zero conflict. It’s beautiful watching them play (eavesdropping on their play, really); it may not be an entire mask-free summer camp, but it’s E’s small taste of life being a bit more normal.

3 thoughts on “Day 489: Like Normal

  1. wonderful achievement for the camp. Curious: is there NO CONTACT with anyone from outside world? No mail pickup/delivery contact, no food or fresh veg delivery/pickup? For 3 weeks! How do they do this? Seriously am interested in hearing. THANK YOU for sharing if you can find out.
    YES, it IS now time to look carefully at your list of to do’s and decide what can realistically get wrapped up. Best wishes!

    1. I believe that mail pickup and delivery as well as food deliveries are all contactless, as in the delivery person leaves stuff at the camp gate and when they’ve left the camp staff come out and bring everything in. Epidemiologists seem to agree that surfaces are not a significant transmission vector, so as long as there are no people out and no people in, camp remains a bubble.

      1. WOW! Fascinating and I am so very very impressed and happy for all the people and families involved! Thank you for sharing the solution.

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