Day 4

Friday seems like a month ago. Between the news, chores, and the unusually chilly and rainy weather, the weekend was an amorphous blob of uncertainty. The dudes got some good Warhammer-model painting in, though.

For the king!

Today was the first official day of keeping LAUSD kids home. I told mine he could sleep in until 8, and then he had to do his schoolwork before everything else. So far only a couple of his teachers have posted assignments.

The school district announced that, alas, the health department has put the kibosh on the resource-center idea that was publicized over the weekend. Instead, the centers will be for meal pickup for a couple of hours a day. I’m worried about the kids who are going to be alone for the duration of the shutdown. If only this were a country rife with billionaires who could come to the aid of humanity during a crisis without missing any of the money it would cost.

Early this afternoon I read about the sheltering in place that goes into effect tonight in six counties in Northern California. Reader, I panic-shopped! Just kidding; the parking lot at my local grocery store was a madhouse. But I got into the car, propelled by some weird, insistent drive to buy food for my family just in case. I’ve been judging panic-shoppers so hard! Why are they doing that? Why can’t they be reasonable? Why can’t they just stay home so I can buy what we nee — oh.

I’m learning a lot about myself.

Social media has been a huge source of comfort, and not just stress. The relationships I’ve built with people over the last 12 years provide humor, information, kindness, and a window into what others are doing and feeling. I used to talk a lot about how I missed what Twitter was like in its early days, when it was primarily smart, kind people having interesting and fun conversations. Since all of <gestures broadly to planet Earth> happened, I’m seeing a return to that environment, at least in my circles.

That said, one of my aims with this blog is to compile a few different kinds of online resources. I’ve got some big deadlines going on right now, so I haven’t had time yet, but if there’s anything you think belongs on the list, email me. And if you’d rather get these posts in your inbox, sign up here.

It’s only Monday.

We’re all going to need each other more than we can imagine.