Week 49: Any progress is good progress

This is a first world problem…

As COVID-19 continues it’s rampage around the world, and people are sick and dying, and medical facilities are running out of equipment, and millions are unemployed, I get that the fact that I can’t build my house on schedule is a MASSIVE first world problem!

But this week, I was really sad about it. This week as I completely overhauled my curriculum from a dinky desk in my makeshift home office space…this week as I video called my family, friends, and colleagues because we weren’t supposed to be out seeing each other…this week as the shelter-in-place order that felt inevitable finally arrived…this week as I realized that I was eyeing everyone (even the people on the other side of the walking path outside our house) with a hint of skepticism and anxiety…it was the fact that our unfinished house was JUST SITTING there, that pushed me over the edge, and embodied just how changed our world has become.

Again, I recognize this is entirely a first world problem…

Not even that because the first world has COVID-19 too!

And it’s not even 100% true. Our drywall crew did work this week, it was just a much smaller crew than normal because they’re keeping teams small to avoid crowding in the house and allowing the guys to social distance. And progress was made, and Josh is quick to point out that any progress is currently good progress because we could be making no progress.

But as I thought about what bothers me most about it, it’s this. I can’t do a thing about it! I can wash my hands…stock up on essentials…hunt all over town for toilet paper…social distance…self isolate…change my curriculum…meet my students online…video call my family…stay at home…

But I can’t do anything about the house. It just has to sit there, and I have to come to terms with the fact that our move in date will inevitably be moved back AGAIN because of COVID-19.

It’s a first world problem. Not even. It’s a problem that should actually matter very little in the big scheme of the other problems facing the world right now…

But it still stings!

Published by Kate

A former Wisconsinite, Kate now resides in southeast Minnesota with her husband where she teaches high school English and theater. She recently completed her master's degree in learning design and technology, and continues to study and advocate for arts integration in the classroom. A recipient of the RISE America grant for high school theater, Kate is working to innovate and expand theater opportunities for the students at PIHS. An avid distance runner, concert pianist, and want-to-be wine aficionado, Kate's blog "ink." is a passion project, embodying all the best parts of life: friends, food, wine, thoughtful conversation, style, and sass!

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