Social Distancing on the Farm

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Editor’s Note: This is my weekly update on life on the farm amidst the 2020 COVID-19 outbreak. 

When we wake up Monday morning we will be under a state-wide, stay-at-home order. Not much will change from our current routine, but things have certainly become more real, more sobering and more uncertain.

The farm didn’t stop – the farmer hubs welcomed more baby calves, delivered hay bales, fixed fence and brought a group of momma cows home after a midnight stroll around the neighborhood – our poor neighbors sure got a middle-of-the-night scare.

My work is as busy as ever as our team tries to deliver answers and a bit of hope to struggle workers, business owners and community leaders who are facing uncertainty and financial hardship due to the coronavirus outbreak. Most days I don’t feel like I am making a difference, and while the work is stressful and overwhelming at times, I am thankful I have a job to stress over.

The boys spent a lot of time this week with Derek and when they were home they were either playing farm or shooting hoops outside. I am so thankful for warm, sunny days that make it possible for them to get out of the house!

We inched into school work but will start in earnest tomorrow (Monday). Evan is ready. Owen doesn’t seem to care how he spends his days. I’m still nervous about making sure I devote the time and attention the boys will need to get through their assignments. I had really hoped to create something of a daily schedule to help all of us know what to expect, but it’s not realistic for our family right now so we will instead take it day by day.

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Today the boys watched their Sunday school lesson via Zoom in the Gator while checking cows and my four-year-old son, Owen, had a Zoom call with his teachers and classmates. It was great seeing all of the kids smile, wave and try to chat with one another. But while watching my son stare at the screen, it dawned on me that even though he doesn’t complain about missing school, he sure does miss the social interactions and relationships he had built with the other kids.

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My heart goes out to all of our children whose lives were turned upside down by a virus many can’t begin to comprehend. My oldest doesn’t ask many questions and knows that the “coronavirus” is the reason we can’t do this or that. But my poor Owen still wants to play with his cousins, eat inside McDonalds and visit the playground. These guys have been troopers in making the best of each day and I hope Derek and I can make this as enjoyable of an experience as possible.

Here’s to a new week, school work and another week of health, safety and social distancing.

 

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