Dad Things (And Other Interesting Things) - Issue #6
When I published the last issue, we were just starting the shelter in place order here in the Bay Area. We continued to work from home while the kids were starting their distance learning program. Almost 2 weeks later, we're getting by, but just barely.
The president (lowercase), just extended social distancing guidelines until April 30. Our kids' school extended their distance learning program until May 1. It looks like this will be the new normal for another 4 weeks.
I hope this newsletter provides a break in your everyday routine. Stay home (if at all possible) and wash your hands. And thanks to those who can't work from home because they provide essential services. You the real MVPs.
Do The Best You Can
My wife posted this to her IG story.
This hits home so hard. When all this started, we took home the kids' learning materials for distance learning. We also got the direction from our respective jobs to stay at home and work from home. We figured that things would be the same as usual, just help the kids with their schoolwork and continue answering emails, phone calls, and do your job. I have a feeling that neither the school nor our employers know just how difficult it is to work or to help our kids learn during this pandemic, let alone both at the same time.
My wife and I take all of the roles that we play very seriously, be it parent, spouse, or employee. But we can't be 100% at these things simultaneously so we try our best. Some days are ok, but most are trying. Just reading this made me feel ok with letting the dishes wait until tomorrow. Or playing with the kids instead of doing whatever worksheet their school wants them to do. I have to remind myself that this is unprecedented in our lifetime and we're all just figuring this shit out. Which is what life is anyways. Figuring shit out.
This COVID-19 is all that's on my mind, but here are some links (even though they are related) to take your mind off of the severity it.
Finding Privacy During the Pandemic - The Atlantic
You know that open concept that we all love? Homes like these aren't actually built to be lived in 24/7.
A 101 year old man fully recovered from the coronavirus. Which means he survived the 1918 Spanish Flu and COVID-19.
Toast Someone — www.youtube.com
And to end on a lighter note. As my buddy Nick Pro suggests, there's no way Jo Koy's mom prefers a Sam Adams over a San Mig.
Sometimes we forget to say thank you to the ones you love. I toasted my mother and thanked her for everything she sacrificed...
Tweet of the Day
Stay safe, stay home, and wash your hands.