A heads back to in-person school today. There are only 3 others from her class going back, and they will be stationed in the back of another classroom (rumor has it there are 9 kids returning to that class, so I guess 13 total?).
We left it up to her and she ultimately wanted to return, but has the option of going back to remote if it doesn’t work out.
(I also wonder about the possibility of switching classes to the teacher who IS going to be physically present in that classroom — seems logical right? — but haven’t wanted to broach that matter yet until we see how things go.)
I have patients today instead of Wednesday (Monday & Wednesday are my ‘normal’ clinical days) because there’s a virtual conference Weds – Friday for pediatric program directors (shout out to APPD!). I’m sort of looking forward to it but mostly mourning the fact that I could really use a conference right now.
The idea of checking into a hotel and getting to be alone for 3-4 days and focus on work and big picture thinking and (yep) self-care . . . man it just sounds amazing. I fear that this may be the new normal, and while I am all for efficiency and cost savings and yes, a much environmental impact . . .
I’m still sad about the possibility of not going to conferences again. It always felt a little magical and insanely “grown up” and too good to be true to get to fly somewhere and stay in a (paid-for, nice!) hotel to just learn and network for 3-4 days. Sometimes (endo conferences especially) I got to connect with old friends and mentors — taking scenic runs together or meeting up at fun restaurants. And, let’s be real — it was also really nice and healing to have a few days entirely off from parenting. MAN did I look forward to those stretches on the calendar!
I hope they are not gone forever.
OH!!! And I heard a rumor playgrounds are going to open!!!!! HALLELUJAH!