I am so grateful for the kind hearts who check on me and for Nicole Melin’s delicious homemade soup deliveries. Seriously, the woman needs to have a bistro in The Oregon District!
I keep getting questions, “How are you holding up?” or “How are you handling all the change?”
How am I holding up?
Just fine. I’ve plenty of everything needed.
How am I handling the change?
Actually, very little has changed.
I still see my students via Zoom, but I do miss their hugs and absorbing their enthusiasm and spirit.
Sweet friends have offered to run to the grocery for me but I’ve been using Instacart and Amazon for needed items, for quite some time, now, and that has not changed.
I taught at Centerville High School on Thursdays but now I see the students on Zoom.
While I can no longer travel to my favorite Mexican restaurant in downtown Dayton, they do deliver. My favorite Chinese restaurant, Young Chow, across from Town & Country Shopping Plaza is currently on hiatus.
I continue to walk the neighborhood. I make two short trips with two dogs at a time.
For the first time since 1984, I do not have every weekend taken up with music and theatre events. I deeply dislike not seeing my students in productions, contests, and concerts for which they worked so hard; however, since we’re all in this together, I do welcome this respite for continued healing and renewal of 2019.
For my introverted self, this is, in many ways my own private Disney World. For my health, this is salvatory as I am horribly compromised with my diabetes, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, histoplasmosis, and colon issues. For this, I am content to stay put.
I have some home projects to tackle but I am still teaching my full load of lessons. I feel refreshed having been forced to adjust, adapt, and embrace a new way of teaching.
I am surrounded by my furry quartet of canine love, my history books and biographies, and a never-ending fountain of historical documentaries and podcasts!
Many thanks to all those who have checked in on me and to those who’ve offered to do my bidding.
Here is a photo of my favorite Shroyer Road view, looking south toward Lincoln Park Boulevard, enjoying the beautiful trees dipped in white blooms.