Coffee Talk 07.26.20

Greetings on this last Sunday in July! I am so not ready to face the fact that fall is looming… anyone else?

I know, I know. We still have August, but once Becca starts band camp next week, it will feel like the new school year is upon us, even though our district doesn’t officially start back until the end of the month… if the kids even go back to school at all.

Although, I have to say, we’re about ready for band camp to start because we’ve all been at home since March, and Becca is dying for structure and routine. So maybe it will be a nice change of pace… for her, anyway. I’m still in denial that summer has to come to an end.

Caroline and David both have jobs, so that is keeping them somewhat occupied and helping to break up their long summer days. And of course they can drive themselves, so it doesn’t disrupt my schedule.

It will be very interesting to see how this fall shapes up. Those of us with school-age kids are pretty much consumed by school choices for the upcoming school year. While each school district scrambles to make plans and put options in place to accommodate this unprecedented pandemic, a new edict from our governor could put a kibosh on all of it at any time.

Everyone I know says they will be surprised if we aren’t all back to remote learning by October, so I kind of wonder why we are even trying, but I get it. There are a lot of kids who really need to be in school.

David’s college has already decided to go virtual for the fall semester, although the campus is open at 50% capacity. How they are going to monitor that, I have no idea. He has an off-campus apartment that we are paying for whether he stays there or not, so he will probably use it. At least he’ll be able to be with his friends and have some semblance of a college experience, even if his classes are online.

Caroline has been enrolled in a cyber charter school since 8th grade, so her senior year won’t be altered too much. It was already going to be unconventional. It’s weird and kind of sad not to have all of the usual senior year milestones that we had with David, but I’ve had plenty of time to get used to that idea, and at least it’s her choice and not because of Covid.

For now, college visits are on hold, but she wasn’t really excited about the prospect anyway. At some point, we will have to figure out her next steps, but I guess everyone’s plans are a little up in the air right now.

I’m the type of person who likes to do things by the book, so to speak, but I’ve learned to adjust my expectations and accept that she isn’t going to do everything the usual way, and that’s okay. There is no one right route for everyone.

Becca was excited to start high school this fall, but it’s looking more and more like she will be staying home.

We’re still waiting to get the final plan from our school district and see what the options look like, but the more we talk it over, the more we think she will be happiest if she just stays here. They’ll probably all end up at home eventually, and if it lowers our risk of getting Covid or having to quarantine due to possible exposure, it’s probably worth it. She will learn fine either way.

I know I’m blessed to be in a situation where either choice is going to work for her and for us. I truly believe that there is no right or wrong answer for most people. We all just have to do our best with the info we have at the moment.

So, what’s the school year looking like where you are? Have you made your school decision(s) yet?

I need to get my walk in, and then I’m off to church here in a bit. I hope you all have a relaxing and blessed Sunday!