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.