Social Distancing Is Difficult But Necessary


With any luck, I can use this lockdown time to build a more productive routine and get the kids to help carry a bit more weight around the house.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, who I did not vote for, is doing an amazing job managing this health crisis. I’m grateful we have him. He said today on CNN that school may be shut down for the rest of the year. As much as I know how disruptive that will be for many families, I truly believe it’s the very best approach. We have to make drastic, deliberate moves in order to contain the spread of COVID19. An incomplete school year doesn’t even register on my radar right now. My concern is physically keeping my kids safe.

I spoke with Lizze yesterday and she’s really struggling with this. She misses the kids but we’ve agreed that hands down, suspending visits is the right thing to do for the boys.

There are people at high risk in her home and in mine. Chances cannot be taken and that means sacrifice. I think this is really the first time that she facing the consequences of the choices made. It’s not easy and it can’t be undone but finding a way through this needs to be the focus. We’re making video calls available for the kids and that helps but it’s not the same thing.

Thankfully, this is much harder for her right now than it is for the kids. I don’t mean that as a dig at all. I’d rather the adults carry the weight of this and not the kids. That’s what I mean. At this point, the kids are in a pretty good place, all things considered and I’m grateful for that. My heart breaks for Lizze though and I get why people might not understand that but I want nothing but the best for her. There is not a single cell in my body that relishes the idea of her hurting, in any way.

At this point though, it’s better that it’s her and not the kids. I know she would agree with that. I’d rather me be hurting but I’m not and I have a very important job to do right now.

Anyway, this is pretty overwhelming but so far, we’re holding our own.

Please stay safe.

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BJW

My husband has 2 heart stents and is 70. So he would be seriously at risk of death to contract Covid-19. Still, he’s lost weight and his numbers look all right. The only one of us who leaves the house much is Jacob, to work for Marco’s Pizza. Jacob compulsively washes his hands, which turns out to be helpful during this crisis. I also heard that taxi drivers in Korea would go home, strip, wash their clothes and take a shower. So that could also help if you are exposed to the public.

BJW

I didn’t vote for Mike DeWine either. But I’m deeply impressed that he is relying on things like facts, science, and reality to make decisions. I didn’t think I would be glad to be in Ohio during a major crisis like this, but we may be more fortunate that people in many other states.

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