day 96: hello its me

Tucker offered to DM a D&D game with the kids and some of their friends (and Keren, who served as a good rear guard on the remote end) via Zoom. I think they started with four kids, not including B and C, plus the two adults. Not everyone held out for the entire time, but…

day 95: you will not catch me staring at the sun

Béla went for a masked walk on the block earlier today; something they’ve only started doing without adults again recently (as they would continually forget not to run their hands along the construction barriers, etc.). When he came back in he said “I just saw the police. Lots of police.” Moments later I saw this…

day 94: the crowd goes mild

DO NOT MOVE. NEIL WILL SEE YOU. We continued to try to pick academic low-hanging fruit. Claudia had a very long, animated D&D game online with friends and Béla cooked one of his most difficult dinners to date (with assistance) using a tutorial from “Nat’s What I Reckon”. Claude also made doll-sized accessories such as…

day 93: sprint week

Claudia couldn’t bear to just do the second-to-last test in her spelling book so she did both and finished it. Boom. We are checking things off the list this week and setting up what learning software they can be using throughout the summer. Marble enjoys Tuck’s new computer. We had a visit from Tara, James…

day 90

Interestingly, I was too interested in other activities to get this post up yesterday. We have gotten a tiny puff of inspiration from somewhere and I was busy doing other things than just surviving the apocalypse. I guess this is what itemized bills might look like from “consultants” if they actually told the truth about…

day 89: she believes in me

I was irritated that I had this Kenny Rogers song in my head and did not understand why until I became aware that I had had the longest, deepest, most profound sand vulnerable conversation with Claudia that I’d ever had in my life. She at one point whispered to an invisible third party, “She knows…

day 88

Claude took day one of a two-day course in Greek vases and how they were used to tell the stories of certain myths. Otherwise, boring stuff, although Neil de Grasse Tyson had them laughing at something. I also forgot, at every opportunity, to show them the two things that made me happiest all day, but…

day 87

We’ve decided next Friday will be the last day of school, even if it’s not the last day of lockdown. This is getting boring.

day 85: school photos, 2019-2020

Lovely Sunday night. I wish it could go on forever. The kids are such sweethearts on Sunday nights, cuddling the cat, making everything feel so whole…. looking like they feel so whole themselves. Chatting with Joey about what we can do to extend our little social-distanced corner of the world this summer — and feeling…