Social Distancing

img_9325-1The last two weeks have been exhausting and stress-filled for most everyone, and the uncertainty was the thing driving me the most insane. Trying to figure out what to do for our schools, for our students, and for our family (including the grandparents) was the thing keeping me up at night. Add to that trying to sort out how we would manage weeks on end with three active kindergartners running afoot in our small NYC apartment, and I had a hard time getting to sleep. Enter melatonin!

When we finally decided where we would begin our social distancing and got the go ahead from work to stay home, things got a bit easier (if no less frantic). We packed everything we thought we might need (and of course ended up forgetting a few things…like warm coats for the fact that it is STILL winter in Northwestern Connecticut despite an unseasonably warm travel day).


Getting to CT was a breath of fresh air, literally and figuratively (even if it was a bit cold without the coats).


It’s been two days, and we’re finding things to do. A big thanks to Grammie and Nonno for hosting us and for their creativity, patience, and general volume tolerance as our arrival definitely cranked things up a few notches (and probably a few decibels too).

img_7976We’ve been to the waterfall to throw rocks. We’ve lugged the bicycles out of the barn. We busted out the board games, the puzzles, the Legos, and the art supplies. And Will and Nonno up and built our own tire swing. No biggie.


One of our favorite indoor activities is playing on the Quadro, resurrected again for more swinging and climbing.


This particular set has been going strong since the ’80s. First here at Grammie’s, then finding a home in our NYC apartment for three years with three busy toddlers, and now again at Grammie’s in the days of social distancing. How lucky are we that Grammie saved it for so long?

So many people have been asking, “What IS that?!” and since this one hails from the decade of my own birth, I figured I would like to some similar options. There are newer versions, it seems, like this one here, a larger version here, and a different brand that looks pretty similar but perhaps less expensive? None of these come equipped with a Will (or Geeg! as they kids call him) who is patient, handy, and creative enough to keep taking it apart and putting it back together in various configurations. You’ll have to find one of those for yourself! This particular reincarnation came out of the idea booklet and is complete with a (short) set of monkey bars and parallel bars. Just the thing our three little gymnasts ordered.

While we hunker down in CT and look for things to keep us busy at home, we are grateful for family nearby, for the resources and capability to pack up and go for weeks (months?) on end, for jobs and salaries that are secure even during these uncertain and constantly changing times. Most of all, we are grateful for our health, the health of our loved ones, and the millions of healthcare workers worldwide who are in the trenches every day working to curb this crisis. Stay healthy and safe and follow me on instagram @estrumolo to catch the rest of our adventures as we try out this new social distancing thing.


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