No Beginning and No End

Before this whole #quarantine mess started, our days had a beginning and an end.

I suppose if you have babies, you probably notice less than if your kids are in school. I mean, you have babies…your days have no beginning or end already…only naps, and that’s if you’re lucky.

But for my household, I have teenagers, one with a major case of senioritis and a husband that is now working from home.

When the kids were still going TO school (as in leaving the house to attend school in a physical classroom), I would get everyone up, make lunches, get myself ready for work, then send everyone on their way. The Beginning.

I would wake my husband up (for some reason, I am the ONLY one in this household that can use an alarm clock effectively), and send him on his way with a hug, a kiss, and an “I love you.”

And then at the end of the school day, kids would come home, tell me about their day, do homework, complain, have dinner, then go to bed at a set time. And my husband would come home from work, greet me with a kiss and a hug, eat dinner, relax and we’d go to bed. The End.

Now, our days run into one another, with vague start and end times, people rarely get out of their  pajamas, school is all over the place, and my husband and I go to our perspective “work stations” (he at the kitchen table, me on the couch) until dinner rolls around and someone (usually me) has to cook. Then showers (if they have to – I know, gross, right?), and everyone goes to bed whenever.

No hug and kiss in the morning or after work, no telling me about their days, just a lot of silence. A LOT of silence.

I have to admit, it’s been nice not to get up by the crack of dawn and be responsible for everyone’s lunches, though I find myself reminding people to eat meals and not just snack all day long.

Needless to say, I’ll be glad to get back to a routine. I need structure more than I realized. Now I find myself putting things off because, well, there’s always tomorrow, right? And sometimes it’s more effort to get people to move than it’s worth. Besides, there’s only so much we can do, and my family is not really a hiking out in nature sort of family.

Maybe that’s the real reason we’re opening the country in Phases: if we were to go straight back to “normal,” it might throw us all into shock! LOL

Are you ready to get back to your routine? What are you going to change?



  1. I think you’re right about phasing in. Someone has opined that when this is all over we may have a lot of people with agoraphobia … I hope they’re wrong. I think your description might fit the description of a lot of households in the past few months.

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