Bonus Time


December 22, 2020

My cell phone rang around noon today:  my daughter was calling from out on her walk down the driveway with the dogs. 

“Mom, you should see Sofie,” she said through her laughter.  “She’s been barking all puppy-like for the last twenty minutes and she doesn’t want to stop.  She thinks there is a mouse or something under something down here.”  Indeed, I could hear our eleven-year-old lab as she kept up her high-pitched insistence.

“Take a video,” I suggested, chuckling myself.  There is nothing like seeing a dog you love all excited and happy.  “Dad will want to see her too.”

Sometimes I get a bit frustrated with how much free time my daughter seems to have while doing her remote schooling this fall.  I see her watching some TV show on her lunch break, or even during a Zoom class.  But if I ask her why, she says that she has all her work done already.  And when I check her grades, she’s doing better than ever before.

I know that not everyone has found remote learning easy, and I recognize that some kids (including ones I know personally) are really struggling.  It’s not ideal.

But in our house, remote learning means a noon time walk with the dogs is possible—and good for all, making it the silver lining for today. 

Silver Linings…

started as my personal response to 2020’s global pandemic of COVID-19.  When I published them locally,  I was surprised by how much people responded to them.


I hope they bring some positivity to you, too, during this unsettling time

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