Negative Is Good

I posted recently about having to pick up our college freshman from his dorm room at James Madison University and bring him home to take classes online for at least the rest of the month. I also posted about getting all three of us tested for Covid-19 before we left Harrisonburg to come home. TheContinue reading “Negative Is Good”

Nineteen Years

I was five months pregnant and in bed that morning nineteen years ago, thinking about getting up to pack to begin a 12-hour drive to a conference in Indianapolis that day. The phone rang, and my mother urged, “Turn on the TV!” We watched together while the second plane crashed into the World Trade CenterContinue reading “Nineteen Years”

Testing … 1, 2, 3

As I posted yesterday, we had to drive down to James Madison University to pick up my son only two weeks into his freshman year of college, because of rapidly rising numbers of Covid19 cases on campus. He had no symptoms. Neither did his roommate. They have both worn masks and followed all the otherContinue reading “Testing … 1, 2, 3”

Home Again, Home Again

Just under two weeks ago, he moved into his dorm. Today, the college freshman is home again, at least for the next few weeks, due to campus temporarily closing because of rising numbers of Covid19 cases. Classes will continue online, and the school will figure out new procedures to put into place and then reassessContinue reading “Home Again, Home Again”

Photo Friday: Grand Caverns

Last weekend I drove to Harrisonburg, Virginia to bring my son a piano keyboard. He just started his freshman year at JMU and needed one for a music class. (The campus is now closing down, unfortunately, because of the pandemic, and we’ll have to go pick him up this weekend. But last week, we hadContinue reading “Photo Friday: Grand Caverns”

The Empty Nest Fills Up Again

Ten days ago, I helped my son move into his freshman dorm room at James Madison University. Seven days ago, he started classes, with a mixture of online and in-person classes. Five days ago, I drove down to bring him a new piano keyboard he needed for a music class. And yesterday, the university announcedContinue reading “The Empty Nest Fills Up Again”

Photo Friday: Settled In

As hard as it is for me to wrap my brain around it, my son began college this week. We rented a minivan, packed it up, and drove down to the university over the weekend to help him move in during his scheduled move-in time slot, noon to 3 pm Sunday. (His roommate was scheduledContinue reading “Photo Friday: Settled In”

Roland the Headless Keyboard

I thought we were getting off light for our son’s first semester in college, because most of his classes require inexpensive textbooks or none at all. No such luck. Today we had to buy the Music Composition major a piano keyboard. His keyboard skills class had to move to mostly online instructions, so students willContinue reading “Roland the Headless Keyboard”