This is the new normal, except there is nothing normal about this.
I wake up and thank God for everything we have: our family together; our jobs that we love are secure (for now); the continued health of my core four, our parents, sisters, brothers, cousins—everyone (for now).
Then I foolishly look at the news and see the numbers and grieve. When will this end? Will it ever end? Through Zoom meetings, conference calls, and talking with friends, I constantly hear about the best, and the worst, people are facing. Across the country, schools have been a constant hot topic. We are fortunate our boys have always been strong academically and independent in their own right, but at this time, I could not be more thankful for the decisions they, and we, have made on their schooling. My older son would typically be away at boarding school. One silver lining for sure has been having him home (although I am not sure he would say the same). No surprise, McCallie has been phenomenal throughout this experience communicating with students and parents alike.
My younger son finds himself in a bit more difficult situation. He attends Trinity Episcopal School, and is in his “senior” Eighth Grade year at the school. Would he miss out on special traditions? Will online school be enough to keep his credits for high school? Thankfully, I find myself saying “HOORAY for Trinity at Home”! While I would much rather be at Daily Chapel or watching one of my favorite traditions in person—the First and Eighth Graders perform Syncopated Bunny, (and later sneaking in to watch graduation rehearsal), I have been amazed at the experiences the School has been able to provide virtually. The sense of community and strong academics that have continued through this transition have exceeded my wildest expectations. I can only imagine without Trinity at Home, we might be in a Twilight Zone loop of X-Box!
My Eighth Grader even made a video to share with his school about fun ideas to try while in quarantine.
To all of you who have younger children and both spouses at home, I assure you that you have my sincere empathy. That was our Katrina, and we will never forget.
I knew when we picked Trinity for our boys many years ago, that it would help our children become prepared academically, but even more importantly, help them to become Upstanders. I just did not realize there would be a two-month at home pop quiz at the end of the year to confirm the results! While I feel certain all of our Trinity students will score very well on this particular quiz—I know all of our faculty and administration deserve an A+!