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”

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”

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”

Another Odd Dream

Another odd dream last night, the second memorable one this week, though I woke up before more than a fragment had played out. I was at home, in the kitchen, and could hear my husband and son watching television in the family room. Suddenly, over the sound of the television, I thought I heard aContinue reading “Another Odd Dream”

Learning Curve

Alexandria has announced that the city schools will be all-virtual when school begins next month. It was the last of the local school districts to make that announcement. So the school year, at least to start with, will take place online. I have mixed feelings. Last spring was disastrous for my son trying to completeContinue reading “Learning Curve”

Distance Learning

There is a lot of talk about what happens to schools this fall, in the face of a virus that is just not letting up. Will they open as usual? Will they stay closed, with students continuing online classes from home? Or will there be some combination of both? Alexandria schools did as well asContinue reading “Distance Learning”