Saturday, March 21, 2020

The opposite of breathing room

Eleven days ago, I wrote a post about how I'd finally come to the end of a long and wonderful series of events. I talked about how happy I was to have a mostly empty calendar and how much I was looking forward to having some time to myself. Without any sense of irony, I named this entry, Breathing Room.

I had no idea what was coming. Not even an inkling.

Of course, life is anything but normal now, not just for me, but for everyone. Like most people, my family is practicing some serious social distancing. Seth is working from home full time, Ryan's college classes are being taught on line and James' senior year of high school appears to have come to an abrupt and unceremonious end. Oh, he still has finals and AP tests to look forward to, but they'll be taken from home. I'm sure there will be some kind of a graduation eventually, but there's no guarantee he'll ever step foot in that building again. 

I don't want to complain too much. My family is better off than most. We're all healthy and low risk. Seth's job is secure, and if I had to shelter in place with three people, I can't imagine three better people to shelter with. But still, we're four people in a small house. This is the opposite of breathing room.

It's going to be a long spring.


  1. I hear you, on a smaller scale. Jeff's not going anywhere either for the foreseeable future. I'm thinking probably not until the fall semester starts at the earliest. Which is usually fine, but I do like my alone time...

  2. I'm with you too, jennifer--to a point, I guess.
    Unlike you tho, I've never been married -so NO children/husband to keep me company!
    I have small pets, have friends that I go to (or went to)lunch with and of course, my church means the world to me!
    As of this writing, we've been "sheltering in place" for nearly TWO weeks now with NO end in sight!
    Like you, even tho I might be slightly older, am in GOOD health and am considered at low risk!a (My DR. has even called me to see how I'm doing--a *first* for my hospital!) I am beginning to feel the effects of "cabin fever" (or APT. fever in my case-ha!)
    And of course, I'm concerned for a few friends who have had their surgeries cancelled(even some model horse people have been affected!)
    I'll be *glad* when some of the restrictions will be lifted and we can return to some kind of "normalcy" -for the sake of ALL our sanities! (I could go on--but this message is too long as is--sorry)
    Lord willing, it'll be soon--BUT in the meanwhile, THANK YOU for continuing to post about what''s going on in your part of the world! Knowing that "horsey" stuff still goes on (whether it's *real* or model-related lifts my spirits *tremendously*!!
    Ha! At least you can go horseback riding and enjoy nature if "cabin fever" strikes you! May you and your family continue to be healthy and safe!

  3. Luckily, because I work at my barn, I can still get my pony fix (agriculture is considered essential). If I was stuck in all day every day, I definitely would go stir crazy! Hang in there.<3