64.

Béla’s friend texted me (the kids don’t pay a lot of attention to their phones at home; I get called on instead) and when I stood up to call to Béla I kicked an Ikea shelf — which was on the floor after it fell on my head last year — and very decisively broke…

day 63, we made it to bxbw

If you care about neither Minecraft nor Idles, this is still the clip for you. But be warned, we sing a lot in this house.  Other than that we just did pretty much our own thing. Kids will be doing more online “camp” programming this week with social justice, LGBTQIA+ open forums, drawing classes, and…

day 61: happy birthday david byrne

After a short and confused period of wakefulness this morning, both kids slept in very late. Béla did copywork, and Claude did spelling and math word problems (with the cat). There may be more later; we will see how they feel. Not nearly the fighting or breakdowns we had been seeing. They are at the…

day 60: translating latin

Béla did a lot of math today; that’s not what I expected. I am letting them lead, except when they can’t. I never thought about hitting sixty days. Claudia said today, “I hope I don’t turn thirteen in quarantine.” My heart is breaking for her. They miss our park so much and were so looking…

squishy cake and anime faces (day 58)

Last night I put a book on Claudia’s bed thinking she’d feel less beholden to spurn it if I wasn’t present. I thought I was so clever. I don’t know how long it took her, but she stayed up all night reading it. All of it. Reading: not something she’s been doing enough of lately….