Two Writing Teachers have opened up their Slice of Life challenge at the midway point and I almost missed the deadline to join at the halfway point as well! Luckily, I am slowly building into my writing routine to check out the blog on Tuesday so I managed to catch it.
As you may have noticed, I have already been posting slices, but now I can say I’m officially joined in the #SoL20 challenge. The following slice was composed today while working with my #TeachWrite group and processing this whole social distancing thing.
I busied myself preparing for the second day of social distancing and, more specifically, working with students in an online capacity. As an introvert, I wasn’t too worried. In fact, it almost felt like a challenge. How long COULD I avoid going out and not interacting with others?
I had converted my kitchen table into my new teacher desk and everything was spread out just like it would be at school: stacks of books, papers to grade, and lots of pens. Just as I was settling in with my coffee (another staple of my school life now brought home), my phone buzzed. It was a text message from my mom:
“Making taco soup if you want to come for dinner.”
I didn’t reply, at least, not right away. This was a dilemma I had not fully considered. A test of how committed was I to following the protocols of social distancing. I ran through the points to consider:
- I am a school teacher who until Friday was in contact with the masses. Symptoms can incubate for two weeks.
- My parents have still been going to work — encountering who knows what masses.
- While the state currently has low numbers, everything I’ve read hints at this being deceptive.
- My parents are older and my mom is border-line diabetic. Diabetics have been hit particularly hard by all of this.
It’s not like they’re going out to eat. It’s not like it’s a crowd. The chances of exposure are minimal, right?
I tried to justify it, but in the end I knew what the right call was to make. I knew I’d rather be paranoid now than regretful later. I picked up my phone and replied:
“Appreciate the offer. But I am going to pass.”