What do I mean when I say we’re on lockdown?



I wanted to clarify something. When I say that we’re on lockdown, I’m referring to the fact that 99.95% of the time we’re at home. We have zero contact with other people. The boys have seen their mom twice because everyone needs to quarantine for 14 days prior to the kids going over. It’s not as easy for them to do that.

We connect with my parents through Facebook portal and the kids love it. They’ve stopped by and we’ve visited from good distance away but that’s pretty rare because my neighborhood is pretty active and no one is following the mask mandate. I don’t want my parents taking any chances either.

That said, I do try to get the kids out into the woods a few times a week to go hiking. We have no contact with anyone and if it’s too crowded, we either try somewhere else or we go home.

We don’t go to the store or anywhere else. We haven’t been to the store since the last week in April. Instead we have everything delivered.

I consider our lives to be very locked down and frankly, the only way it could be more controlled is if I didn’t take the kids hiking. We only go to remote locations because there’s usually too many people crowding our favorite local places.

I take them because their emotional health matters as well and getting out into nature is good for the soul. It’s also something their doctors have recommended, as long as we prioritize safety, and trust me, I do. I take zero chances with my kids lives.

I wanted to clarify that because frankly, I’m tired of being criticized for my word choice. When I refer to being on lockdown, this is what lockdown is for us.

Perhaps you would call it something different but we’re pretty locked down in my view. Honestly, I don’t know what it matters but I figured I’d explain what I mean anyway. ☺

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    • Annette Hines on August 15, 2020 at 2:49 pm

    What is the point of the negativity? Rob, I hope you are able to put the negative comments in perspective. Everyone needs to live their lives in the way that makes them feel safe and comfortable. As you know, my daughter Elizabeth has passed, but if she were still with us, I’d be in the same boat as you are. I’ve been following along with your ups and downs lately and praying for you. Wishing you all well, Rob. Please don’t let it get to you. Call me if you want to talk. I’m here for you.

    1. Thanks Annette. I appreciate it. I’m actually working on your episode for this Friday. ☺

    • It’s my birthday too! on August 14, 2020 at 9:33 pm

    Rob, the comments on your blog can’t be seen. You’re such a tech genius.

    • Curtis G. on August 13, 2020 at 3:01 pm

    It was always obvious what you meant to a lot of us who follow you. Why other’s read some other meaning into the term “lockdown” as you used it, is beyond me. I truly worry about the intelligence level of a lot of people in this country.

    1. Thanks Curtis. I’m grateful for your words of reason. ☺

    • Betty on August 13, 2020 at 9:38 am

    So then you’re lying for the sake of drama. Got it. Your parents have stopped by. That is human and adult contact. It’s not what you’re used to or what you prefer, but it is contact and you could go sit in their [safe] yard and see them. Also, I hope you’ve seen the news links about masks; your neck gaiter doesn’t do much against the virus. Better lock it down tighter.

    1. I hope your day is made better by continuing to target and harass me.

    • Brenda Fitch on August 13, 2020 at 8:11 am

    I call it “living in our bubble” I’ve only left my home since mid March 3 times for required lab work. When I got home I made everyone stay clear, I undressed in the garage and sterilized my car keys and phone. Dropped clothes in washer and straight to the shower. My son has not left our property (bubble) at all since March 10th. Our Bubble is our safe zone. No one and nothing comes in our bubble, We sanitize all items that we have delivered after they sit in (quarantine) the mudroom for 5 days. I agree No chances are taken

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