Truly, I have been at such a loss these past six plus months with limited volunteer opportunities. Being a part of the "vulnerable crowd" certainly has its downfalls and at the top of my list has been limited social contact. Being an introvert does not mean I do not enjoy and even crave social interaction. Instead I just need time to recharge my batteries between dives into the throngs of humanity I dearly love.
I miss conversation, but I especially miss hugs--touches--physical contact. It has not been easy to resist grabbing others and wrapping them in a smothering hug. It just does not seem normal.
Well things are about to take a big turn in my little world--FOR THE BETTER! I am about to embark on the "virtual learning" journey. All four of the younger grands are going to have a month of stay at home learning experience. This past spring, the education community was caught off guard, I believe they are ready for the challenge with the start of the new school year. All my education friends tell me there will be ways to monitor participation and the truancy officer will come see you if you are not present and accounted for each day.
With four children in four different grades, #1 daughter has her hands full. I love volunteering in the schools and am kept from that passion with the new COVID rules in schools here. WELL---I volunteered to come help with The Jennings School until they are allowed to go back to in person school. "Fun Lulu" is being replaced by "Get the task done" Lulu. We will divide and conquer those little scholars! AND as an added bonus, I am pretty sure I will get a hug or two along the way.
NOW, in all honesty, I am more than a little intimated at times by technology. We will have four computers and tablets plugged in to four different sites. It makes my head spin to think about it! Hopefully the two oldest grands will be able to navigate their way through the cyber world to where they are supposed to be. BUT, the thought of 8:00-3:00 need to stay on the right cyber page is slightly frightening--well honestly-down right scary!
While thinking over how this will look when school starts, I realized I have actually done quite a bit of virtual learning over my lifetime. Whenever I am plugged in to the correct "Main Frame", things have run pretty smoothly. The times that have been not just rocky but at times like riding out a hurricane have been when I lost my connection, forgot to power up, crashed the system by some foolishness. Thank goodness I am always allowed to reboot and power up again.
Virtual learning is old as time itself. Thankful to have a loving teacher with infinite patience as I traverse this old world. Always learning--always learning!
It is written in the prophets, ‘And they shall all be taught of God.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father, comes to Me.