Friday, February 26, 2021


Back to basics
It appears that our viral crisis may finally be
on a downward trend. Mostly driven by the
availability of vaccines. While not as of yet
there is hope is on the horizon. Promising
a return to "normal" life. Whatever that was.
Yet I can't help but consider some aspects of
our self-isolation as being positive. Both of
my daughters have been stuck at home with
their offspring for over a year. Parenting both
toddlers or a teenager on a 365/24/7 basis has
been challenging. However I'm proud of all
involved. Because through it all they've risen
to the challenge. And are the better for it.
School chums
Home schooling - let alone virtual learning is
not easy. Just ask my teenage grand daughter
in Michigan. From the start few actually knew
what they were doing. Hence technological,
social, and other issues plagued the process.
At times her Mom "E" had to fight the fight.
Diving in to help solve the problems. As in
algebra. Both learning along the way. About
each other that is. And growing closer day by
day. So while being out of the social world at
school has been hard - staying close to home
with Mom has a gift from God. Forcing them
to work together to conquer their challenges.
Breakfast of champions
My grandsons in Chicago don't know what
they're missing. This year would have been
"H's" first in school. Instead his parents kept
him home. Transforming their dining room
into "school". Said re-focus benefitting both
their five and three year old boys. And in the
process bringing out the hidden educator in
my creative daughter. A growth experience
for the entire family. Everyday she integrates
whatever they are studying into all aspects
of life. Right how it is gardening. Hence even
breakfast blossoms! Creating memories that
both boys will never forget. 
Home sweet home
Back here in Montana it's been much the same.
While both Frank and I have much to learn our
school days are long gone. Even so being stuck
at home for a year has taught us much. Mostly
that we're more than self-sufficient. Perfectly
happy living as hermits. Growing closer as each
day passes. To the point that when we're apart -
even for an hour or so - we miss each other.
The fact is that during this Covid 19 crisis our
lives have improved for the better. Teaching us
that the people we live with on a daily basis are
all that truly matters. And that even in the worst
to times - together we truly are STRONGER!