A fallen leaf is nothing more than a summer’s wave goodbye.

It’s been a rough time of things here lately.

I took the past weekend off for what was SUPPOSED to be a relaxing weekend, but…that isn’t how it ended.

My children’s great-grandma (Gammy) passed away on Sunday. I was sudden and unexpected. I wish I could say they were handling it well, but it seems to come in waves for them. Thankfully they have mama bear to shield them from the craziness of virtual learning. One teacher in particular wants my 2nd grader to do basically 90% of her work while we work on funeral arrangements and healing.

Yesterday I had, had enough. I decided we needed a completely unplugged day. No phones. No internet. No tablets. Nothing but family. So we drove out into the country to see the magic of the world around us. I was raised out in the country, but my kids have always been city kids. I’m a bit proud that they half wish they could move there now. They honestly didn’t want to come home, and given the fact that the funeral is on my sons birthday Thursday I can’t say that I blame them.

I’ve decided to keep the kids out of school for the rest of the week. My sons grades are adequate enough (all A’s) and my daughters teacher is useless….so I figure I will give them the time they need to heal. If I end up with officers at my door for truancy then I’ll cross that bridge when I get there. Their dad gets 5 full days off of work and he is an adult. These are small children dealing with their first loss that don’t exactly know how to process it or know what to expect at the funeral tomorrow. School is important…but so is mental health.

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