I am doing my best to adjust to the social distancing guidelines that keep us largely at home during COVID-19. One way that I have been occupying my free time is to participate in the mask making effort for healthcare workers in the state of Delaware, particularly for those in nursing homes who are being inundated with cases of the illness right now. In this small way, I feel that I am making a difference in our community.
I don’t have much to complain about but this experience has been challenging. Thankfully, I’ve been able to work from home but I have two young boys aged 3 and 5. They don’t understand why there is nothing to do and why Mommy and Daddy have to work and not play with them consistently. Logging onto online meetings using the Zoom platform, I have had somewhat frequent visits from my 3 year old, who unfortunately wondered off during one of my last meetings and fell down a few steps of our narrow spiral staircase. It’s hard to focus on work or home life at the same time but I’m doing the best that I can.
Another thing that has been occupying my thoughts is my pursuit of a historical fiction novel about the surrounding area near Bellevue State Park. I’ve been trying to put the pieces together about the evolution of the property where I reside over the past 100 years. Many historical developments have occurred, including the building of a carriage house that faces our home, the mansion that once occupied the land being turned into an orphanage and ultimately torn down to build the townhome community in which we live.