Today’s question –
The IWSG’s focus is on our writers. Each month, from all over the globe, we are a united group sharing our insecurities, our troubles, and our pain. So, in this time when our world is in crisis with the covid-19 pandemic, our optional question this month is: how are things in your world?
Today is another group posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. If you’d like to join us, click on the tab above and sign up. We post the first Wednesday of every month. You can also visit the founder Alex J. Cavanaugh for more info and links.
To answer the question, I’ve been better. I posted on Teaching and Socializing (at a Distance) in the Time of Covid-19 the past two Fridays.
This week has been harder. My oldest brother, Nathan Aalgaard, passed away yesterday (not Covid). He’s been in the hospital since early October, on a ventilator, in ICU all these months. He didn’t recover. We are grieving. And, in this time of Social Distancing, which feels like isolation, we don’t even know how to come together to celebrate his life, have a memorial (it will be much later, when it’s safe to gather again), or comfort one another. At a time when a tight hug would go a long way in showing love and comfort, it’s a dangerous activity. My parents are in their 80’s. I’m so worried about them and this awful disease.
Nathan was also a great writer. I asked him to contribute to my Blogging from A to Z posts in 2012 and reposted it in 2017. H is for Handicap by Nathan Aalgaard.
This month, I’m not feeling insecure as a writer. I see it as a gift. I’ve been journaling. I’ve written blog posts about what is going on in my world. I’m playing piano, singing, and recording it. (I have a Youtube channel.) I’ve shared them with my FB friends and my church.
I usually go to the theater on weekends in the Twin Cities (MN), but they’re all shut down. Theaters are doing what they can to stay above water. EVERYONE is asking for donations. (Please donate to your favorite arts organization. They’re really hurting right now, and they’ll be there for you now and in person when they can.) Some artists and companies are finding creative ways to share their work online. I watched a podcast style (with pictures) of Through the Narrows by Z Puppets. It’s appropriate for elementary age kids and up. They use images and audio to tell the story. I kind of liked just sitting and listening to it while I knit on a scarf that I’ve been working on all winter. It’s free, or a small, or large, donation to watch it through May 1, 2020.
Someone posted on FB, “What, if anything, will you miss about this time?” At first, I thought it was too soon to ask that. But, in truth, I already know. I’ll miss having one of my boys home with me. My college son Charlie is here. In the morning, we have breakfast (I’m always up first), talk about what we have on schedule for the day. Then, he goes downstairs to listen to a lecture or do schoolwork (he might also be communicating with his girlfriend and other friends and playing video games). I go to the music room and teach piano via the internet. It is far from ideal. You can read my Teaching in the Time of the Coronovirus post, if you want. It’s getting a little better. Not the connection. Most of the time it’s sketchy. But, I’m not straining quite so hard to hear and see. I take it a little slower. I offer patience and grace whenever I can.
The other thing I’ll miss is seeing all the people outside. It warms my heart to see people out on family walks, shooting hoops, tossing a ball, sidewalk chalk messages of hope and happiness, hearts in the windows, shouting hello to my neighbor across the street. These are all good things. Fortunately, Spring is here in Minnesota. The snow is melting and things are growing. New life and sunshine. Thank God!
I wish I could go get a massage.
Go (but not too far). Create. Inspire!
Journaling Prompt: What will you miss, if anything about this time of the Covid-19 Quarantine?
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I’m so sorry to hear about your brother, Mary. Losing someone you love is so difficult any time, but I know that right now it’s especially hard for you and your family. My sincerest condolences.
You might check your link on the IWSG sign up list. When I try to reach your blog from it, I’m given a Forbidden 403 message.
Thank you, Lee. I’ll check it.
I’m so sorry to hear about your brother, Mary.
May God bless you and your family, and give you the strength you need during this difficult time.
Playing piano, singing, and recording are therapeutic activities that provide a balm to the soul… music heals.
I’m wondering about the practicality of teaching piano via the internet? I suppose it’s a different technique compared to the traditional, physical “in-person” method.
Stay safe, Mary.
Thanks, Michelle. Teaching piano online is challenging. We all need much patience. I find myself explaining more, listening harder, and allowing the student to study the music and ask questions. Sometimes, a parent (who knows how to read music) assists.
I’m sorry for your loss and can’t imagine how hard this is on your family. Take care.
Anna from elements of emaginette
Very sorry about your brother. You mentioned saying goodbye to him in your last post and glad you did. Plan a great celebration of life for him later this year.
I’ll miss the very light traffic on the road. Makes my drive to work so much easier.
Yes. Mother Earth appreciates less gas admissions, as well. Thanks, Alex
So very sorry to hear about your brother. My thoughts and prayers with you. Tell your husband you really need that massage and have him do it.
I’ve learned what we really need on hand to survive. Thank goodness the day it went nuts in my state, I’d just gone out for a big grocery store run, stocking up on everything just because we were out, including a case of TP.
Your intuition kicked in for the TP! I’m a single gal, so no man here to rub my neck. I’ll have to use the foam roller.
Sincere sympathy to you and your family. As hard as it is, I’m glad you’re sheltering in place. Keeping in touch via Facebook, email, & FaceTime helps, but it’s not the same as in person visits. We lost a cousin and his father within 4 days of each other. So hard to stay home when we want to comfort them. Take care of yourself and stay safe.
I am so sorry to hear about your brother. You have my heartfelt sympathy. I enjoyed reading about what you miss. A music room sounds so lovely to have in your home. I loved hearing that. I use to fantasize when I was younger about having a music room in my home. We had a piano in the living room. It always sounded so homey and glamourous to me at the same time.
I’m very sorry to hear about your brother. As far as the good things during this, it’s great to be able to think of those. I’m getting to see my husband a bit more due to reduced hours. The teens still hide in their rooms, so no big difference there. 😉
Sorry to hear about Nathan. Take care.
I am so sorry about your brother. Hopefully the hugs are coming soon.
Thank you so much for hosting this month.