Quarantine Friday, May 1, 2020

There are two things The-Prettiest-Girl-in-the-World hates doing, yet today, she did both (and nothing sexual, you pervs!)

However, it was also May Day and day 50 of our quarantine.

Wow.

Gas was at 76.9 (Costco) Stock  Market closed at 23,723 (Basically where it was at the beginning of 2019). Plus, wearing a face mask is becoming a thing (See the meme to the left for why this all makes sense.)

In the world, China’s threatening Australia for wanting to look into how China handled the outbreak. I have to stand with Australia on this one. First, they have cool accents. Second, they have cool beaches and BBQ parties. Third, I hate bullies, and China is the biggest one out there (worse than the US, and THAT is saying something!) Go Australia!

Yikes, did I get a little too politic-ie there?  Sorry.

In Canada, we have 28,919 active coronavirus cases, 22,751 recovered, and 3,391 deaths. We’re doing pretty damned well, thank you very much. That’s 85 deaths per million. The US has 187. Belgium, weirdly, has 656. Italy, Spain, France and the UK have terrible numbers (here), but it seems like they’re getting past the peak, thank goodness.

In BC, it looks like the emergency has been extended for another 2 weeks, but more importantly, Ryan Reynolds made a video for grads this year. Check it out below.

Here, The-Youngest had an online book-club meeting for school. He got up at 8am, yes, 8am, had breakfast, then cleaned his room. He even made his bed. He didn’t want the world seeing a mess, no siree, no mess here. Then he combed his hair and put on a clean shirt. He may even have brushed his teeth.

I almost didn’t recognize him, but I gotta say, he’s got the hair to pull off a long hair look.

The book-club meeting wasn’t a huge success, though. No one was allowed to see into this room, and the teacher had muted all the students, which kind of makes a lot of sense from a teaching perspective, but I think The-Youngest was really looking forward to sharing his thoughts about the book (his words), and not at all talking to his friends.

Meanwhile, later in the day, The-Oldest tried his hand at cooking (as part of my ‘how can we torture them’ home curriculum.) He made fancy quesadillas, and while he was new to things like a blender, shredding chicken, and reading recipes that were longer than, ‘microwave for 1 min at high,” he made a great supper.

However, the real hero of the day was not me, (perhaps no surprise to anyone), but was The-Prettiest-Girl-in-the-World. For her boys, she did two things that she absolutely hates.

First was sorting out online courses and The-Oldest’s piano test with the Royal Conservatory of Music. Honestly, it sounds like the RCM had just discovered computers, and they really struggled with a site that was easy to navigate and crashed as quickly as an idea to sell bottled farts.

She must have spent a good 2 hours trying to figure out a way in like some sort of halfling sneaking into Mt Doom, but unlike Frodo and Sam, she failed.

Then, to ensure her day was even tougher, she agreed to go on a bike ride with The-Youngest. His new tire came in the mail, so he fixed up his bike and was all excited to take it out.

No problem, right? A nice bike ride in the sun? Lovely.

Well, he’s a mountain biker, and that ‘nice’ ride turned into a terrifying slalom course of deadly hills and massive jumps. Those are all fair and fine for The-Youngest, but for The-Prettiest-Girl-in-the-World, they sucked. Plus, she had to push her bike back up the hill.

It was a hardcore workout.

But if you asked her how her day went, she would say it wasn’t so bad. She got to spend time with her boys. Sure two hours were spent swearing like a 4-year-old who just discovered swearing, and she’ll likely be sore for a week from that stupid bike park, but she’d do it all, again, for her boys.

That’s what it’s like to be a mom.

So, until tomorrow, be safe, be healthy, and respect the new world.

About Joe Cummings

Aquarius. Traveler. Gamer. Writer. A New Parent. 4 of these things are easy. One is not. But the journey is that much better for the new people in my life. A life I want to share with others, to help them, maybe, to make them feel less alone, sure, to connect with the greater world, absolutely.
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