My new normal in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic

by Robin Martin

poster for the science fair

Let me set the scene for you: I’m at the dining room table, there is a 9 year old next to me begging for help with his Nintendo controller, my husband is on a conference call in the other room, my daughter is “doing her school work” while loudly video chatting her friends. I have school apps, news, email, a grant application, and text apps all open on my computer as I try to triage all the work that is coming in. I just managed to take a photo of my youngest's poster for the science fair that never happened, so at least the grandparents can witness all his effort. I am working, along with many others, to help make sure that everyone eats during this health crisis, and I’ve been tasked with many parts of that puzzle over the last few weeks. I just got off the phone with my sister. Her husband’s brother was just hospitalized, likely with the virus, although the test won’t be back for at least a week. He is on oxygen and is thankfully stable, and we were working through the emotions of the situation as well as the laundry list of to-dos: who to call, how to help, etc.

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