Weekend Coffee Share, Getting in the Spirit

Welcome to my Weekend Coffee Share, hosted by Allison at Eclectic Ali. Pull up a chair and your favorite beverage!

It has been a long week, but I survived it and this weekend, I know there’s no need to set an alarm Monday! My grading is done, and I already have some ideas for my lessons in January. It is a good feeling to finally be caught up!

Things got pretty intense this last week. My boyfriend had sinus symptoms ten days ago, and Saturday he called to tell me he tested positive for COVID. I freaked! I was supposed to drive up to meet my brother in S.C. to get my mom and bring her back home…but not in the midst of COVID cases exploding around me! My son also had a cold. After two days, he said, “Nah, I’m getting better. I don’t need a test.” I thought he was being way too headstrong and stubborn, but he kept sounding better day after day. I was, ironically, lucky my boyfriend did not see me the weekend before last since he went to see his dad in Georgia. Therefore, I was outside of that rule “Have you been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last two weeks?” Otherwise, I’d have to quarantine away from work for two weeks.

My significant other and me, circa 2018. He’s not a vegeratian! 🙂

Things are much better. My son’s cold is almost 100% gone, and my boyfriend tested negative for COVID yesterday. So, I’m going to pick up my mom Weds. I’m not too keen on driving in South Carolina during holiday traffic, sometimes I get panicky due to a car accident in 2016, so I’ve asked a friend to drive up with me. She said yes, thank God!

All week at school, the kids were a bit more excitable than usual. Friday, my plan was quite simple: discuss if you would choose either a pause or a reset button on life; explain why, creatively. Then, design/color an ugly (or wonderful) sweater on paper. The standard? “We can co-exist harmoniously.” I challenge anyone to prove to me that is not a legitimate standard in this day and age. I mean, they had to share crayons. The discussion in some of my classes was GREAT!

It was ugly Christmas sweater day, but I don’t have one. So, my Christmas dog mask had to suffice. 🙂 I was tired, but I’ve been tired almost daily for the last few weeks. Those kids kept me awake, though. I have to admit, the students I teach are pretty great. Sometimes, full of too much energy, but they’re good kids. Friday was fun, but it went by just fine. I was given a few nice gifts from the kids that included gift cards to places I love. At the end of the day, one of my female students surprised me and hugged me. She said she was sorry about COVID changing everything and hoped I had a nice Christmas. We don’t hug these days; I was surprised. But I did not shoo her away. There is such a delicate balance between human connection and COVID safety that makes these times hard. I’m not worrying about it, but I worry for those who really need that human connection.

Christmas 2020!

Yesterday (Saturday), I acted as adult chaperone for kids in National Junior Honor Society as we rang the bell for Salvation Army collections. It’s the first actual holiday event I’ve joined in, being so cautious and having slight COVID anxiety. This is always a fun event, as the kids are great and very civic-minded. Several of the students were in my class last year, and some I had taught two years ago, so it was nice to catch up. I was still a little tired, though, so I left when my shift was over at 2 p.m. and at home, got the first nap of my Winter Break!

Some relaxation is certainly in order! Stay well, everyone, and feel free to visit Allison’s blog and join in the Coffee Share today or in future weekend shares, https://eclecticali.wordpress.com/2020/12/18/weekendcoffeeshare-relaxation-life/

Peace!

Author: PamelaS.Canepa, Writing and Living

I am a writer who also teaches reading and writing, currently. In 2016, I self-published an e-book and its sequel, and I am learning the art of self-promotion. I published a full-length time travel novel as of 6/16/17 and its sequel in the summer of 2018. Life is a trip, and writing is the best escape for me! Learn about my award-winning sci-fi novel, Detours in Time, on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0711ZW6XF Visit me at https://about.me/pamela.schloessercanepa

7 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share, Getting in the Spirit”

  1. Glad your boyfriend tested negative so you can go get your mom. Have a safe drive! Sounds like you had a good week with your kids. I’m sure it gets pretty difficult as the holidays approach. We do need that human connection. Have a wonderful week!

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  2. Hi Pamela. Great to hear that both your men are okay and that you don’t own one of those ugly sweaters. I’m not sure how that tradition/industry started but ugh, who wants those things sitting around all year for use during that occasional awkward day. It’s to similar to ugly Hawaiian shirt day.
    When I lead the kids ministries group at college, then was the kids pastor at 2 churches, hugging was about the best part of the ministry. They all knew that I loved loving on them and we had great times together. Even if I were that young again, I doubt I could do and enjoy the work like I did back then. Those days gave me many of my best (and is all fairness) one of my most embarrassing memories. One day, one of my loving kiddos really took things too far and it all happened so fast. Have I ever told you about this gem of a memory? I don’t recall, but I both cringe and laugh to recall it. I just had to write it up and it’s proved to be pretty popular because who doesn’t enjoy a ‘most embarrassing’ story?

    https://garyawilsonstories.wordpress.com/suffer-not-the-children/

    . . . and yes, you have my permission in advance to laugh out loud at my distress. It’s the only payback I get from a memory like this one.
    I’ll just assume you are laughing with me rather than at me.

    Thanks for the visit. Hang in there. You are vital and appreciated.

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  3. what a strange time to be alive… one day we will be looking back at this COVID describing it like we survived some great war for humanity … that is me hoping we win this and life goes back to normal and less post-apocalyptic lol
    Compliments of the festive season … and who oh why would anyone want to have an ugly sweater life is too short for that hahahaha
    ~B

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    1. Beaton, I had some of my students write a few paragraphs on what it is like living and going to school during this COVID pandemic. Interesting stuff! And you are right, lif is too short for ugly sweaters! I am getting an idea, how about if we open a blogger’s challenge, each adds four lines to a poem on what it’s like for us living through this COVID pandemic? Just a thought. Take care, my friend. 🙂

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