Corona Virus Quarantine Day #201-#202: VP Debates and random goodness: October 8 2020-October 9, 2020:

Corona Virus Quarantine Day #201-#202: Vice Presidential Debates and random goodness: October 8 2020-October 9, 2020:

I’m a day late posting my thoughts on Thursday so I thought I’d just combine the too.  It’s a Friday, I’m fried and I have a lot of random thoughts going through my head.

Wednesday night we had a Vice Presidential debate.  It was quite a bit tamer than the Presidential debate we saw just a week ago.  Both sides took parting shots but overall, the discourse was certainly more civil.

Thursday I asked my sophomore classes about it.  I’d say 1/3rd of them watched it.  In years past, I may have had 1 or 2 kids.  I was impressed with their feedback on all of it. They agreed with my sentiment that it was all more civilized and one student said this, which I thought was insightful. “This seemed more like the presidential debate than the previous one.  These two candidates will probably be our next president anyways.”

An interesting point made by a 15 year-old, right?  Biden and Trump are 77 and 74 respectively.  Joe Biden is the oldest person to win the nomination from his party to run for the presidency and Donald Trump was the oldest person to ever win the presidency at the age of 70. 

These are interesting times we live in.  Regardless of how you feel about either candidate, this student brings up an important point…both of these men are older and they are signing up for the most stressful job in the whole entire world.  It’s fair to say that as a nation we have to seriously consider their running mate given these facts.

Maybe it’s morbid to think about that, I’m not sure.  But…maybe it’s also practical. 

Thursday night we played  in a quad and won all three of our matches.  It was a successful night.  The wins were awesome, but my favorite part was seeing an alum and her husband in the stands there to watch and support.  Giving them a brief hug and chatting with them about all things volleyball and their lives was such the boost I needed to push me through this week.

Mr and Mrs Smith. I can’t even. Arianna Person…aka AP…is one of the most dynamic players to ever play volleyball at SJA. She’s also an awesome human being and her husband Emmanuel is pretty awesome too. The kids were so jealous we got to see these two and they didn’t!

It’s been a weird one at school.  There is definitely a growing number of Covid cases across the state.  Football games are being cancelled left and right and just this week a Johnson County school quarantined their volleyball team for two weeks.

It’s hard to know what is right and what is wrong with this whole mess, but one thing is for sure, if there is a large gathering and people aren’t masked and socially distanced…cases are coming out of that for sure.

I can also tell you that school administrators aren’t getting paid enough.  Period.  Neither are teachers.  This teaching in a pandemic business is madness.

Tonight is Friyay as I call it now, because I so look forward to Friday’s.  I was thrilled to come home from practice and pop some popcorn and sit on the couch with my favorite humans and watch an amazing movie.  “Big Miracle” is a true story about a reporter and an environmentalist that led a national effort to save three whales trapped in a remote Alaskan town.  It was crazy good.  If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it.  There is one part of the story that is very sad and as my eyes were sweating I looked over at our sweet five-year-old Fletcher and his were sweating as well.  He was so upset that something bad could happen to these animals. 

This thing has gotten a lot of use in our house the past 6 months. Freshly popped popcorn is pretty fantastic!

When I put him to bed tonight we talked about how it’s totally normal to cry when you feel sad and I told him I was proud of him for having such a caring heart.  Ugh.  He gave me a big hug and told me he loved me.  I am going to remember this the next time he refuses to wear pants to school in the morning or does something naughty. 

It’s been a long week my friends.  At times, it felt never ending…but I remain grateful that I am working.  Bryan is working.  We are playing sports.  Our kids are in school.  My big kids are in school.  There is so much to be grateful for indeed! 

I’m also grateful for some time tomorrow to play volleyball and then spend my afternoon and evening with my family. 

GOD is good. 



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