Surviving quarantine: Baking, Barbies and overstuffed backpacks
It’s the craziest time that we’ve ever experienced, but there are bright sides. For us, the biggest is being employed and able to fully work from home while also spending 24/7 with our daughter. And, yes, it can be exhausting, but the kind of exhaustion that makes you smile when your head hits the pillow because we know how good we have it.
We live for daily walks by the river outside our door or one of the woodsy areas nearby. Our daughter thinks she is an expert hiker now, overfilling her backpack with all her treasured possessions — stuffed animals, crowns, Paw Patrol figures — before we go and carrying it proudly.
We bake — maybe too much. (Hellooo, yummy fudge brownies and chocolate chip cookies.) She has a little apron and chef hat. She loves to stir, but punts on cracking eggs. (“Icky.”) And we try to work in schooling as best we can. For instance, learning about patterns (orange, red, pink, orange, red, pink) by getting a “Mama Manicure.”
We also gave in and bought a Barbie Dreamhouse in hopes it will boost her imaginary play. She donned her construction hat to help put it together — the thing is HUGE — and was excited to be a “builder.”
She also talks about her “brother” or “sister” as if they are arriving any day. All the things she plans to show them. All the ways she’ll help.We can’t wait for that day to come.
We hope wherever you are, you are hanging in there during this crazy time. Try to be extra kind to yourself.