So Coronavirus.

It’s the only thing that’s going on.  The only topic of conversation out there.  The only thing on everybody’s minds.  Depending on where you live and your own circumstances, it will be affecting you in different ways.

What it looks like in my world is this:

Three kids at home with no schedule or structure other than what I inflict upon them.  One of them is homeschooling and finding it impossible to be academically motivated while her brothers twiddle their thumbs waiting for the public high school to sort out the delivery of instruction.

One husband working from home because his office has recommended that if possible employees should.

Complete cessation of all of my day to day work and almost all of my income.

Where does that leave us?

I need to get creative using video lessons, skype and FB to keep in touch with my students and my music community.  As a technophobe, this is daunting but slightly intriguing.

My boys have spent more quality time together in the last two days than they have in ages.

I can go for a walk with my husband in the middle of the day.

My oldest boy can help his younger sister with her homeschool math.  (BONUS).

These are interesting times, Friends.  I have been accused in the past of seeing the world through rose-coloured glasses.  I know that is a valid accusation.  And I know that circumstances right now are having devastating effects on many of us – financially, mental-health-wise and physically.  I don’t want to make light of the real struggle.

But wherever possible, seek the positives.  At the very least, maybe you have lots of time to play your guitar!!

I will be updating the community soon on initiatives coming from Whistling Duck to help keep us connected and making music together even as we’re self-isolating.  Here is where we are thankful for technology and its ability to keep those lines open even from behind our closed doors.  And remember – you don’t have to stay inside.  Get out for walks, fresh air, vitamin D from that beautiful sun (that is even carrying warmth right now!).

We’ll get through this, Friends.  And we’ll be stronger and brighter for it.

Stay well, be wise, and shine on.

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