Working From Home

Some notes from our daughter…

Snapshot of life in our house:

22 year old is on her laptop at the kitchen island dialed in to a 3 hour college course where everyone in class is talking with each other for 3 hours. Quiet required. Every Monday morning.

Husband is sitting at the kitchen table on his laptop dialed in to his Monday morning meeting (NASA). Totally not important stuff.

13 year old is *also* sitting at the kitchen table on a laptop emailing his teachers (upon my instructions) and asking for clarification as to what exactly they are expected to do during this time at home because he is certain the packets are optional. Mom is making him get confirmation from his teachers before throwing in the towel. Because, clearly, I have been misinformed. Big sigh. Eye roll. Walk away.

20 year old sits in the next room 10 feet away (no doors) on the desktop dialed in to her new online college experience. Have fun doing this for the rest of the school year kiddo.

15 year old sits in the next room (no doors) on the desk top dialed in to his online school which he has been doing online for the past 3 years…completely frustrated by this new LOUD learning environment he is expected to function in with *seven people* under one roof. Unacceptable. This is clearly not going to work, mother.

The 9 year old and I are having a late start to our day in my bedroom watching cartoons while waiting for an electronic device to open up so he can start his school day. My new playmate

We have implemented 3pm Monday – Friday as our “quiet time” cut off. Trying to be more respectful of everyone’s needs. Which, of course, requires a rule. This experiment is crazy making, at best. Pray for big families who struggle with “quiet time” on a good day. We are a LOUD family people…I’m not sure how this apocalypse is going to work

I forgot to say that I am used to being alone. And now I am NEVER alone. I know there are a few of you out there who can relate. And that doesn’t even begin to address the GLOBAL PANDEMIC happening outside our doors. Lord, we ask that you give us strength to survive this. All of this.


Getty Images | iStockphoto | Christian Chan


4 thoughts on “Working From Home

  1. joynealkidney

    As a lover of large swaths of alone time, I can’t imagine what you’re dealing with. But you’ll be so glad you recorded this, as will all those students sharing your “solitude” these days!


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