How are you doing this summer? I hope you’re finding ways to find some moments of peace and joy no matter what life throws at us. Like most parents, I’m wondering what the school year is going to look like. My son will be a senior in high school and my daughter a sophomore. They have questions about what’s going to happen, and I have no answers. I wish I did but all we can do is support our teachers and administrators who I know are working tirelessly to come up with solutions even when things continue to shift.
We were able to embark on a social-distancing college campus visit road trip (that’s a mouthful!) this month. Everything we had scheduled for the spring was canceled, and even though campuses aren’t open, my son is looking at schools in places we aren’t too familiar with so it felt important to get some baseline. We traveled from Colorado to the Pacific Northwest (western Idaho, Washington and Oregon), masks in place and doing our best to stay in our own bubble. It was a lot of driving but turned out to be a huge gift of time together and lots of meaningful conversations about the future. So much potential opportunity – as difficult as it is to think of my kids leaving the nest (cue the waterworks), my husband and I are excited to watch them flourish. And I really hope that no matter what happens this coming school year, my kids will hold a hope for the future in their hearts.
I hope you’re holding onto hope as well. We need it more than ever.
P.S. For the record, they’ve gotten pretty good at understanding that when Mom goes to her office it means she’s working and writing and not just hanging out on FB (very much). No matter what happens this fall, I’ll be writing ALL the words!