COVID-19, Day 272

This was the week that virtual school finally got to all of us. Miriam and I have both been really busy with work. We moved our youngest kid’s desk into our office so we could all work together. Meanwhile, our oldest has been working from a desk in her bedroom. So far, it’s been fine.

We caught the youngest watching Minecraft videos in picture-in-picture mode WHILE STILL IN CLASS after her teacher told us she called on her four times and didn’t get a response. We got an email from our oldest’s teacher today saying that she’s been making things with clay during class and is so distracted that she couldn’t answer questions and then refused to put the clay away.

We’ve all been having sleep disturbances. Miriam and I have been having random bouts of insomnia. I got maybe 4 hours of sleep Wednesday night, and I was up for a couple of hours last night. The youngest is waking up earlier and earlier, getting up in the middle of the night. When she wakes up, she wakes her sister up, who then complains loudly and wakes us up.

Most weeks, by Thursday or Friday, they both have dark circles under their eyes and look exhausted. The kindergartener broke down this evening because “the learning is too hard.” She says she wakes her sister up in the morning “because I don’t have any friends and I’m lonely.”

I’m really glad there’s a break coming up. We’ll all get a chance to reset. But that starts on the 21st, and I figure next week will be even worse than this week was.

And winter hasn’t even started yet.