The United States works overtime to screen thousands…..
Were grateful….. As lawmakers work on getting more supplies,
they are asking Americans to stay home. Is it working?
Im here working in my room and Aly is in our bedroom watching TV again.
Shes five years old and shes in kindergarten.
Everyday its gotten worse.So, up until Friday or up until a few days ago, I thought play dates were okay.
Now Im second guessing that.
And same thing with these neighborhood girls in fifth grade coming over.
I thought that would be okay and now Im like second guessing that.
I mean, I guess at some point, we have to realize that
even one-on-one interactions makes a difference,
and it would kind of defeat the whole purpose of social isolation.
Its because of the coronavirus.
Do you know what coronavirus is?
Because you might give people germs.
Thats a good answer, sweetie.And then maybe you get people sick, right?
And we want to prevent that, correct? Yeah.
My husband Sameer and I are really lucky. We get to work from home.
We have so many friends who havent been as fortunate.
I manage a veterinary hospital.We are considered essential personnel at this time,
due to fur babies still needing to be seen.
As a health care worker, you know, I never thought I would see something like this in my life.
Its unprecedented and its been really challenging
because while everyone else is working from home,
Im still going to work at the hospital.
Aly, we cant get closer because of the coronavirus.
Youre going to see a lot of my own personal connections and friends in this,
just because were all in this together.
My husband and I are working from home
and it is challenging because we have two young kids, a toddler and a baby.
However, were fortunate that we have our nanny who can still come in.
The first thing were doing, were cleaning her desk and going to take it up to my room,
so that she can study there while I work.
Okay, the camera is talking to you.
Tell me the truth. Was that your voice?
Yes, it was my voice. I was just kidding.
This is my new office. Shes my new office mate.We just got everything done, right?
What are you doing right now? Are you doing youre A,B,C?
I have four kids. We do schoolwork from like 8 to 10 and then we take a little break.
Through a lot of uncertainty at this point.We have not been given any directions right now.
You can see the Z and I need you to copy that. But what if I might not remember?
But its right there.
I might not remember it.
Alyssa Leela Gokhale. Please write your Z right now. Right now. Im not writing your Z.
Well get back to you.
As Im doing this, Im thinking, okay, I have it.And then Im like, oh my god, another whole block of time just empty.
All right, heres to trying again.
Im literally editing the piece, this piece and shes on my shoulder.
(I think we still need something they stay hold...) Were taking a dance break in the middle of working.
Im at the grocery store. Its 6 AM.
There was a line outside when I came
and its just, it wasnt like a huge line,but just having a line at 6 AM at a grocery store, it just, it just made it even more real.
Its like empty here.
Just today, I created a scavenger hunt for her.She loved this idea.
Were looking for the voice, the one that goes…..ah ah ah ah. But I was only showing. Im not doing it.
Were looking for that voice, right?
Go like this?
I think one of the hardest parts about all of this is trying to stay calm with your kid
because, you know, to her we are her center
and if act all anxious and scared, then her center is literally disrupted.
But its hard as her center to keep calm sometimes
because we dont really know whats going on and.....so we just try our best.
But there are moments, there are definitely moments.
We get to feel like were better than you guys.
Kid! Some of the ways that were communicating with the outside world
is were doing more Facetime than we usually do.
I miss you. I miss you too.
She spent like an hour with her friend on Facetime today and
I had a moment of guilt because Im like, shouldnt she be doing ABC, 123?
And then Im like, but the girls missing her friend.
Alexa, let it go.
We dont realize how important things are until something happens
and we take so much things for granted everyday.
So, while the situation is extremely tense,I think that its pretty incredible to see how everyone is coming together and banding together to work through this.
Hi everyone. This is Mrs. Johns. I teach kindergarten. Im going to read a book called, "Too Pickley!"
Its for all you picky eaters out there. Too burpy.
Really cool idea.Her teacher, not her teacher, the room parent came up with, to write letters to her friends
but also to write letters to a nursing home
so that they arent as lonely,
which I thought was just such a really, really cool concept. So, shes writing letters as we speak.
Dear Claire, Im missing you. Im sad that you couldnt tutor me. I want to stay home so you do not get sick. Love Alyssa.