…ALL students will be back in school full-time starting March 8th!!!! Say what?!?!? Yep, the teachers are getting their second vaccine shot this week, they have 2 weeks for the full immunization to take affect, and then bam! School is in session 5 days a week every single week. Hallelujah! As Eli and I struggled again today with schoolwork, I realized just how much I miss be only a mom to him. I go to bed at night dreading the morning knowing I have to tell Eli he has a Google Meet in the morning and worksheets and computer apps after that. His reaction never changes – I guess on a plus side he is predictable??? – but I just want to go back to picking him up from school, hearing about his day, snuggling and reassuring him if it was a tough day (with me NOT being a part of that struggle in the first place!), and feeling refreshed to play in the evening without being exhausted from constantly arguing all day. I know it’s got to take a toll on him as well hearing my voice telling him what to do or what he can’t do all morning/afternoon.
So, I am excited for March 8th when Eli and his friends will be back in the classroom all the time ~ back to a predictable routine, back to seeing his friends every day, and especially back to a separation of school life and home life. Until then, here’s a little snippet of this morning’s LIVE Google Meet with his teacher and 25 classmates. What’s that? You don’t see Eli? Oh, that would be him in his bed with the covers on and his computer camera aimed right at him. Laying in bed. Clearly not participating. I army-crawled on the floor to avoid being detected by the camera, hissed in my sternest yet quietest voice possible (since I had no idea if his microphone was muted) that he better get back in his desk chair where I left him 20 minutes ago at the beginning of his meeting or he would lose all screen privileges for a very long time. I then sat on the floor next to his chair the remaining 30 minutes of his meet. Ava – my faithful little sidekick – dutifully retrieved every whiteboard and marker that was subsequently flung across the room during the meeting so Eli would have no reason to leave his chair. Oh and the yellow bowl on the floor? Eli tried to say his stomach hurt and he couldn’t possibly go to virtual school. I told him the great thing about online meetings is he can puke in a bowl next to his desk and not miss a single thing! Hahahahaha!!! His stomach miraculously got better 🙂 Forget one-room school house ~ we have a 3 ring circus with a tent about to go up in flames!