It has been an interesting morning so far. As of 6:00 a.m. today we have a stay-at-home order for the state of Colorado. To me, it simply seems like a formality, but there are people choosing not to follow suggested guidelines, so the governor decided to quit suggesting and start requiring. The people I have interacted with recently are already staying home except for essential trips. One of my helpers called me last night asking for an employment note in case she needed to go through a checkpoint. I explained a stay-at-home order was not martial law so there would not be checkpoints and sent her a note via email anyway.
The new law does not substantially change any actions at my house. I do not expect to get on a bus again for three more weeks, when my next wound care appointment is scheduled. My significant other, Donald, went to a hobby shop last weekend; they will probably be closed today. Donald goes to work and the grocery store mostly. Skilled trades are still essential services. My older daughter, Megan, only works doing personal care for me now, so she travels from her house to mine with an occasional stop at the gas station, Target, or grocery store. We have already been staying at home.
I got out of bed at my regular time and uploaded some client work into a shared drive before my daughters could complain about me stealing all the Internet bandwidth. First-world problem: My children are home from school and work requiring me to share my Internet. The horror! I thought I would get some pushback from my seven-year-old, Mika, this morning because she likes to watch Netflix cartoons while eating her breakfast on her extended school break. Instead, Mika went outside to play before she ate breakfast for almost an hour. I am thankful I have a big back yard. After today, next Wednesday will likely be the next day warm enough for me to go for a walk with Mika.
We are still allowed to go for walks and hikes, and visit the parks, but we are asked to maintain at least six feet of personal space. Fortunately, we simply have a stay-at-home order and have not been placed on quarantine. I cannot imagine not being able to leave your house at all, not even for walks. On the bright side, if we do get quarantined at any point, we have that big back yard to keep Mika occupied.
Mika just asked me the answer for a complicated math problem. Mika is not doing a complicated math problem; I am not making her do schoolwork work this week since it is Spring break. Mika likes to ask me random math problems and expects me to be able solve for the answer in my head. The math problem Mika queried about was similar to 100 + 78 – 5 ÷ 42. After I explained I have an average brain and could not keep that many steps straight in my head, Mika asked me what divide means.
It makes sense that Mika does not know what divide means because she has not even learned how to do multiplication yet. I told Mika that just like addition and subtraction were opposite functions, multiplication and division are opposite functions. Addition and multiplication make numbers larger, and subtraction and division make numbers smaller. I think I did a pretty good job of simplifying basic math functions for a second grader. Kudos mom!
My helper will be here soon, so we can finish my project. My helper came yesterday also, and we are nearly finished with my project, so I can probably send her home early today. Unfortunately, the washer and dryer still require the same amount of time to do their job no matter how much other work she needs to do.
My piece of advice to you is to get outside if your stay-at-home order allows it. I feel for the people in condominiums and apartments that may not have a yard or balcony. Open all your blinds to let some sunshine in to brighten your day.
Until next time,
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