Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Back in the water

We were talking to the blond twin about her swim club's new plan to start practices again. She's ready to get back in the pool, especially since the girls high school swim season starts in about 10 weeks. 

The club has access to an outdoor pool from 7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. They are breaking up the teams so there are fewer swimmers in the water at any time. Each swimmer can spend one hour in the pool. Swimmers will practice two nights a week.

When the official email came across, we told the blond twin that her practice time was from 9:00 until 10:30. She looked at us and said, "9:00? Why?" She did not seem happy and we stared at her for a minute.

I looked at her and said, "9:00 p.m. You don't have to get up early."

She smiled and said, "Night practice. Good."

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Something in the air feels different

The outrage over George Floyd's murder had been growing all week. Maybe it's because the video of an officer kneeling on his neck while he begged for his life has been shown everywhere. Maybe it's because we're all sheltering at home and have more time to focus on what's really important. 

No matter what the cause, George Floyd's killing sparked outrage in the streets. My company sent a text message, email and voicemail message warning that protests might become violent and giving information about what to do in different situations. We live far enough away from where the protests were happening that we were not worried about violence reaching us. Still, the warnings gave me a chill.

We watched some of the local news coverage. Our girls saw the national protest coverage on social media. We talked about what was happening and why. They wanted to be able to support the protesters in their mission to create a more equitable society. We talked about ways they could affect change. Even at their young age, they had the ability to create a more equal future for themselves.

What will happen? No one knows, really, but this feels different. Companies, which previously stayed quiet, are openly supporting change. Social services, which previously stayed quiet, are offering ways to create change. This is a long-term effort, and we're not far into it, but this really does feel different. 

Monday, June 1, 2020

Out and about

When Covid-19 destroyed the girls' summer plans, we spent some time trying to figure out how to keep them busy. On their own they would sit on their devices and watch videos all day. We knew that they needed some downtime during the summer, but 24/7 was too much downtime.

The brunette twin was able to find some normalcy in her world pretty quickly. Horseback riding is a good way to maintain physical distance from others. She was able to start lessons again almost as soon as her school year ended.

Recently golf courses opened up. She's been golfing with her Dad once a week and hitting the range often.

Both girls are taking an SAT prep class, which will help them during Junior year.

The blond twin is retaking part of her Chemistry class. She didn't do as well as she wanted first semester, especially if she wants to apply to nursing school.

We've given up on finding summer jobs. So businesses are still completely or partially closed. We realize they will hire back their former employees before they hire new ones. Also, Covid-19 is still lingering. We're not sure it's worth the risk to have the girls working.

Now, if only the blond twin could get back in the pool, we'd be set.