|I'm spending way too much time in my office.|
Most of my posts take an objective tone--whether using a first person or third person narrator.
Today, I am going to dispose of my usual "let's present some research" approach.
Instead, let me testify of the value of keeping the home fires burning.
Sometimes it is easier to focus on other tasks than just keeping the basics running. Sometime in March, the basics of home and hearth have come into sharper focus.
|Image by BladDad.|
Today I am thinking about Hestia and the value of a calm, grounded home.
Here is a quick overview of the domestic (in)tranquility in the Austin abode.
Spoiler Alert: The pandemic is making everything more complicated for all five members of the family (my spouse, two adult children, dog and myself.
1. My husband is an administrator at a university which includes residential halls, internships, and students hailing from several states and countries.
2. Our twentysomething son lives and works a 24 hour drive from his parents. He is taking a gap year to establish residency. His first job was with a restaurant which had to furlough employees more than once, so now he works in a bakery. A houseguests--visiting Provo, UT to attend a wedding--just tested positive for COVID-19. So now the houseguest is quarantined with the four rent payers (my son is one of the renters) for two weeks.
Our son has viral-correlated symptoms (headache, low-grade fever, high, dry cough, nausea, diarrhea, fatigue). His test administered Mon, 28 Sep came back negative for SARS-CoV-2 today. But the infected person is still in the apartment.
4. Our children have six living grandparents living in three states. They have a range of ages from 78 to 86. Some still work part-time, drive, and live in a tract home; others live in assisted living, which presents a lot of limitations during a pandemic. None of them live within a day's drive for me.
5. I am teaching three university classes online using Zoom, MS Word, Paint, PowerPoint, Blackboard, Outlook, Sign-Up Genius, library databases from two campuses, YouTube lectures on Ancient Athens as well as some guilty extracurricular pleasures: Amazon, HBO Max, Netflix, Hulu, Spotify, Libby, and Google Scholar.
6. I transformed the content in two of my classes in order to study the pandemic:
- How SARS-CoV-2 presents challenges to Long-Term Care administrators
- How SARS-CoV-2 presents additional challenges to already vulnerable populations.
8. I have set up a few slots each week on Zoom so that I can read to children I used to teach in the junior Sunday School. It's nice to read to kids ages 3 to 7. They are a delight. I thank the mothers for scheduling with me and for managing the technology on their end.