What the kids have done in their first week of quarantine

Day 4 of quarantine and Elizabeth said to me today, “Quarantine is going pretty well”. She may feel differently after several months of this. For me, it has been rather nice not having the school drop-offs and pickups along with Highland Dance and everything else. I feel like I’ve adopted a slower pace and am going back to basics – making milk, making bread, trying not to waste any food …. all things I could and should (in the case of not wasting food) have been doing anyway.

I am incredibly impressed with what the children have accomplished this week. Both Ben and I are working full-time still so the kids have been very much self-guided. On their schedule, they’ve had time each day to work on a project which is something they could choose. Elizabeth has produced a newspaper called The Elizabeth Express and Daniel has created a game called Scratch Dragon and Bird.

In Daniel’s game, you are the bird and you have to avoid getting killed by the dragon and various other dangerous creatures as you progress to higher levels. The goal is to survive for 200 seconds. So far my record is 110 seconds. He’s done a terrific job in just a few days.

Elizabeth’s newspaper is brilliant and she writes incredibly well for a 10-year-old. She’s a prolific writer and I’ll be shocked if she hasn’t published a book by the end of all this.

We went for a walk around Duthie Park today – our allowed once-a-day outdoor exercise activity. There were other people there and everyone was very good about keeping at least 2m apart from each other. It’s fairly easy to do at a big open space like Duthie Park and in a city like Aberdeen which is really not very populous.