Everything in Ian’s life has been cancelled. Everything. It is not just one event and they are not minor events in his life. They mean everything to him. Canceled. And there’s nothing to look forward to. NOTHING.
So, What Have We Been Doing?
Each day we set the daily schedule for Ian, trying to infuse “something” fun or interesting or different to do. And four months into this COVID-19, it becomes harder and harder.
We’ve started alternating our errands between Target, Home Depot, and the grocery store. Every now and then, to shake things up a bit, we throw in a trip to Costco. We go first thing in the morning, wear a mask, stay away from people, and get in and out as fast as we can. Almost clandestine in nature. And this is only possible because Ian has gotten used to wearing a mask. Thank goodness, as masks may be a part of our lives for a long time.
The rest of the day? Ian spends his days on the front porch swing, waiting for the UPS guy, the FedEx guy, and the mail carrier to drive by. He leaves a soda on the driveway for the drivers. This is what he looks forward to, most every day. The bonus is when I order an item (or five) to be delivered, I get an email that gives me a three-hour window when the item will be delivered. Guess who’s out there for three hours waiting? With his soda sitting on the driveway.
In the evening — if you haven’t heard, the people in south Boulder howl every night at 8 PM in honor of the first responders. It’s become part of our nightly routine; I don’t know if it’s good or bad that we can now tell which neighbor is howling, based on their howl. Ian has never howled, but he does like to listen to it.
We started a biweekly social distancing dinner with three other neighbors – yes, we stay more than six feet apart so we can eat without masks! Last week we played badminton in the street. We have thrown out the rules for not playing in the street, though we did put up orange cones to block off the street. (When’s the last time you played badminton?)
Ian’s letting his sister cut his hair. Thank goodness. 😉
I need to come up with new ideas for Ian, and guess what? I need them too.
We’re in uncharted water here. What can we do to take care of ourselves, and what can we do to help others? It’s that combination that — I think — will help us get through this time.
A Quick Survey
We’ve put together a short survey about what’s working for you, what you could use right now, and what you think you might need over the next few months.
While we’d like to be able to offer you free childcare or guarantee a safe return to school, we can do the next best thing — provide ideas and create resources based on your feedback.
NOTE: The survey asks: Which of the following have been helpful to you? To re-familiarize yourself with the articles/webinars listed, we’ve added them here below.