The Pieces Of Childhood Our Children Will Never Get Back

We are coming to the end of the second month of school closings. As we approach the months ahead I think it is important for us as parents to talk to our children about their feelings and their anxiety over missing out on special events. Many of these milestones are once in a lifetime events which some will never get a chance to make up. Many of our children have had to say goodbye to relationships, trips , visits to their favorite teacher’s rooms and some have seen their prom preparations go up in flames.

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In my own children I can see an uneasiness that I haven’t seen before. My 18 year old talked about going to college all the time before COVID-19 took place. We found out that our Alma mater is offering classes to high school sophomores and up for 90 dollars per credit. One of the classes is Introduction to Sociology and there are a couple of other classes. We were excited because this was something our daughter had been talking about for almost a year. When we presented her with the idea, she had a mini freak out session. She didn’t want to go to college online and it didn’t stop there. She continued to explain if she could not go to school inside the classroom,then she wouldn’t attend college at all.

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My first thought was to insist that she would be enrolled in one of the classes, but then I started thinking about something. Right now her entire life has been turned inside out. While we are talking about college classes, she is still getting used to doing her high school classes online. I think we were wrong to press the conversation at this point because it brings a sense of long term changes that these children are not ready to deal with. It’s one thing to tell our children you cannot go back for the rest of the school year, but it is something else to tell them that their college dreams have been placed on hold for who knows how long. At any rate, I’m trying to be more thoughtful about her feelings and her fears.

Right now there are a number of adults freaking out about not being able to go out and get perms, nail jobs, or have happy hour with their pals. I would ask them to look to the plight of the young person today. It is a unknown road with unspoken fears. While many of us talk about the things we miss, we are at least in a position to get those memories back. Some of our children will never get to embrace the very events that helped to shape our school year experiences. The key word for this week in understanding. Understand that our children are dealing with the same situation we find ourselves in, but they do not have our knowledge of recovery. Have a happy week and be strong.

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Feeling Stressed Out Over Trump’s Decision To Open The Country

This entire week, I have been stressed out. My sleeping schedule has been horrible and it is because I am worried. For the first time, I am worried about our country. It feels like we are living in a country without real leaders.

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There’s no way to lift the shelter-in-place order without risking lives. Picture a town with maybe ten cases of COVID-19. Xtownship is the name! They might have a low number of sick people, but for sake of argument, say two towns down there is another town called Rapidtownship. They have a much larger number of people who carry the virus. Now, lets say this town finds out that it is safer to shop in Xtownship because they have less carriers, so they decide shop there and mistakenly take the virus with them. You now have new infections starting to pop up and more people having to go into hospital settings due to the new infections.

Add those to the 2000 people that are already dying each day, and you have a situation where our outbreaks starts to rival the world’s outbreak in cases overall. Lifting restrictions right now is so dangerous. It would be different if we weren’t the country with the most cases, but we are seeing new numbers daily. Our government is about to knowingly kill thousands more because they want to save the stock market.

Trump is sending a dangerous message and his people are listening. They are lining the streets in some cities already breaking shelter-in-place polices. In January someone in China posted this video.

I would tell him that I know a country that is doing just as bad as China. I would tell him that his warnings weren’t noted and that people didn’t learn from his experience because we were hard headed. I would also like to tell him thank you, for helping us to understand what to look for. When I first saw this video, I wished we could have saved the innocent dying from Wuhan, but now I wonder who will save us from Trump. He is going to destroy this country by letting people die and there’s nothing anyone can do about it.

By lifting these restrictions, he will put stress on fire fighters, policemen, hospital workers, and anyone else who works as a first responder. Think for yourself, and protect yourself. This government is moving to list things as essential for monetary gain. Ask yourself, why did the shelter-in-place go down long enough for rich people to make it out? The poor people are once again stuck, much like they were in China. The rich people have been able to relocate and you can bet your socks they will not be going out.

So, this is what we must do because our safety starts with us. First of all, make sure you are searching COVID-19 in your county daily. Your county should be giving an update as to how many cases are being reported as well as the number of dead. I use Google because for me it is easier. You go the Google search engine and put in your county and COVID-19. Make sure you also put in the state. After you do that, go all the way over to the tools bar under your search engine. It will be located right under the microphone. Click on it and then a list will appear under ALL which will start with anytime. Now, do not pick anytime, go down to the last 24 hours and run a check. This will bring up any new info within the last 24 hours in your county. Sometimes you might want to run last hour, but I would pick 24.

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This option will give you any new stats for new cases of COVID-19 and information on deaths. You can do this for any state, county, or city. This will also show if there is a rise in cases in your area. Be careful and just remember that we are in this together. Sending hugs to you all.