The Grackle

Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

How We are Coping

Gretchen Eichenberg

4 years ago

By Claire Van Zee

While the city is under shelter-in-place until April 21, we know that many of you are attempting to create a new normal of working at home and maybe even homeschooling your children. Our hearts are with those who have even lost their jobs due to the circumstances. Everyone is coping in different ways and finding a way to adapt and adjust to our new world. This is a series where our fellow WACOAN contributors and staff share their personal stories and updates on how they’re adapting to these times.

Gretchen Eichenberg, Writer

1. How are you adapting at home? What are you doing to pass the time, how are you handling homeschool, work etc.?

With a college kid back home and a high school senior, life looks nothing like we thought it would this spring. The kids are both finishing their courses online and are both quite self-sufficient. I feel for the working moms with young children!

As a high school journalism teacher, I’m working with my students to finish the yearbook and one last issue of the newspaper using the Google Hangout and Zoom video platforms.

We’ve been cooking more. The other night we made Japanese hot rock with tuna and steak and enjoyed dining al fresco!

2. What new game, movie or TV show have you played/watched that you might recommend to others?

Our family has played a lot of Monopoly over the past week. It’s been a lot of fun, but occasionally someone leaves the table in a huff (because there’s something wrong with our dice!). We also have enjoyed playing The Game of Life.

My daughter, Brigitte, is binging on “Survivor.” My son, George, has watched the entire “The Godfather” trilogy. My husband, Alex, has made sure we re-watch all the classic episodes of “The Office.”

I’ve been helping with a local group that is making masks for healthcare workers. I can’t sew, but I’ve been helping to get the word out and gather supplies for my friend who does. I’ve also been making homemade hand sanitizer, since it’s been sold out. I’ve spent a lot of time in prayer. I know that God is with us through all of this. I’m trying not to worry and also reach out to friends, near and far.

Let us know what you are up to in the comments below!
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