Living the Waiting Game #IWSG #amwriting #SciFiTimes

[I wrote this post as a member of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group where we share our worries and also offer support and encouragement to each other on the first Wednesday of every month. If you’re a writer like me and you’re looking for a bit of support, you can click the link and sign up here]

This month’s awesome Co-Hosts feature other fabulous writing friends with me:

CDiane Burton, JH Moncrieff, Anna @ Emaginette, Karen @ Reprobate Typewriter,  and Lisa Buie-Collard!

Check out our IWSG homepage for recent news and events.  And as always, thank you to founder Alex J. Cavaugh 🙂 


A reflection on my life based on the IWSG Question this month:

In early March, my mother began to take the warnings of the spreading virus seriously. I gave some thought to it, and started being more careful going out and about, and strangely, I also started buying cleaning supplies. Spring Break quickly approached, and I knew several families including my own had plans to fly out of the state. Never the country. Thank goodness. Though I did hear of a few families who were adamant they would keep their plans to fly overseas and relief came when the greater government entities stepped in and forced them to stay put.

On the work front, I’m in the field of Education. Though buildings have closed through the end of April, I’m in Public Relations and currently called in to work because it’s an essential need. Administration is busy prepping food, serving families in school parking lots, and organizing online and paper Education packets for all grades. My fiancé is also called in to work, employed in a pharmaceutical plant. We’re nervous, glad to have steady work though, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say the drive down the road to work and back isn’t scary.

So what is my plan now? I’m homeschooling the kids several days a week. They maintain a schedule with bedtimes and rising times, and thanks to my youngest daughter’s teacher, I have an hour-by-hour or topic by topic powerpoint to follow. Bless the teachers! I made my first online grocery order for a curbside pickup. It took four days to schedule the pick-up, but I feel better about the arrangement. I’ve rearranged my basement so the kids and I can get online exercise every day. Amazon Prime has some great free options for workouts, no matter your preference.

On the writing front, I just started editing and writing again this past week. I’ve been so worked up I haven’t been able to find the creative flow. I guess I figured I better try, because it feels like this is a longer road than any of us know. So I wear gloves, I carry hand-sanitizer in my car, my desk, and in every room of the house. We’re certainly living science fiction times, and I pray everyone says safe and follows guidelines for the sake of others. On a lighter note, I’ve found several great quotes to consider:

The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof. — Barbara Kingsolver
You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them. ― Maya Angelou, Letter to My Daughter  
To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless. ― G.K. Chesterton  
Everything that is done in this world is done by hope. — Martin Luther

About Erika Beebe

Author, dreamer, and a momma to a couple of wonderful kids, I try to live life everyday in hope and inspire others along my way.

Posted on April 1, 2020, in Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 60 Comments.

  1. You’re juggling a lot of balls. Stay well!

  2. That’s great your school is helping to feed kids. I can’t imagine what the teachers have to do to get online classes ready. I’m still going to work and yes, it’s a bit freaky.
    Thanks for co-hosting today.

  3. I have 2 daughters that are teachers, and teaching online courses while watching their own children has been difficult. Their schools are closed until April 20, so far. The Buffalo Schools also has a program to feed kids breakfast and lunch, seems weird to me, why a school has to feed the children, and not their parents.

  4. Sounds like you’re keeping busy. Home-schooling your children is a huge deal. I’m glad you have such a wonderful mum. Says a lot about you, Erika. Take care. And thanks so much for co-hosting.

  5. I’ve had my 12 yr old grandguy with me for 3 wks and so appreciate the educational efforts that provided packets and online guidance (especially for me, who didn’t get 7th grade math 40 yrs ago!). When taking our walks, it was wonderful seeing volunteers with their free lunches at the schools. Really restores your faith in community and humanity! Thanks for co-hosting this month, Erica!

  6. I fortunately did a big shopping day the morning our governor declared a state of emergency – and thus inadvertently stocked up on supplies, including a case of TP. I hope you can balance your work and your kids through all this.

    • Thank you Diane. I have been grabbing toilet paper here and there so I think I will be fine with that, but work and family balance is tough when kids need their parents to be stronger than ever ☀️

  7. It sounds like your homeschooling is working out quite well. Our school system was not at all set up for this and high school kids aren’t at all receptive to self learning when they know they can’t be graded on it. Stay healthy!

  8. It sounds like you have a lot on your plate but it seems like you’re managing just fine.
    I love that Barbara Kingsolver quote.
    Stay safe, Erika!

  9. Lovely quotes. Thanks for everything you’re doing to help your community through the school services. Science fiction times, indeed!

  10. You’re doing a lot and well! Stay safe and thanks for hosting!

  11. That quote from BK really hit me. Thank you for sharing it and for co-hosting! Good luck with everything. Take care….

  12. I love how you’re adapting and am impressed with your school’s efforts. I teach online so really, not much has changed in my work life. Keep it up, Erika!

  13. It sounds like your school district has it together! Way to go with all that you are doing to help all of those kids, and with homeschooling, writing, and staying safe!
    My writing has changed in that I am giving myself time to just grieve/vent in my journal each day, then look to hope. And, I’m writing on a project that I consider super-fluff. I feel like I need the dichotomy of venting journal time and fluffy fun fiction.
    Stay safe! Keep up the hope!

    • That’s a great idea Tyrean. Maybe it would help me to journal. I currently wake up with worries in the wee hours of the night. Thank you for sharing your strategies with me.

  14. It sounds like you’re handling the crisis well. I’m glad to hear you and your fiance are employed, and that you’re working to keep kids connected to education–and food! Lovely quotes. Thanks for co-hosting. Stay well and safe, my friend.

  15. Hi,
    Your mom set the pace as she started purchasing things before the situation got worse. I love your quotes. There is a bit of truth in all of them.
    Wishing you all the best. Stay safe and thanks so much for being a co-host.

    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

  16. Sounds like you’re keeping busy! Although they’re home, the kids are constantly busy with homework and starting projects they’ve been otherwise pushing aside. I’m amazed with everything the schools are doing (ours as well). So many people are going out of their way with getting several hundred ‘lunches’ ready every day, planning special events every day for the kids online, and even some teachers are driving around and picking up homework on runs. Stay healthy!

  17. Jennifer Lee Hawes

    i’m not getting too strict in the homeschool front. We make slime, read books, write in a journal, make jewelry, take long walks, make dinner. My daughter is doing really well this year in school. I’m not going to freak out over getting lots done even though I’m an educator! We keep a routine and we are flexible. I think we’ll all be fine when this is over! Don’t stress too hard!

  18. So many people are doing good things and trying to keep the country moving. Teachers are doing their best. I worry about kids who parents aren’t as involved and supportive as you.

  19. Sounds like your school has everything worked out really well. Everything went down so quickly here, I don’t think teachers and schools had time to figure out how remote learning might work.

  20. Thanks for sharing the quotes. I especially like the one by Maya Angelou.

    Take care, and thanks for co-hosting today!

  21. The quote by Maya Angelou is especially poignant right now. We can’t live like normal right now, but we can choose to seek out and take the peace, joy, and hope where we can find it. It sounds like you’re being pro-active in making this work for you and your family, which sometimes is all we can do.

  22. Thanks for co-hosting. I can’t even imagine homeschooling kids. My nieces are being homeschool and I feel for my SIL!

  23. The quote by Martin Luther King caused me to pause. I never thought of events that way. I always saw hope as a positive thing. This adds a twist. Even those that desire war “hope” it happens. Thank you for co-hosting this months IWSG blog hop. I wish you and your fiance safe travels and good health.
    Lynn La Vita blog: Writers Supporting Writers

  24. I love the quotes. This is definitely a time to pause and reflect about what matters in life.

    Thanks for being on the front line for those children who so desperately need right now. My daughter and sister are nurses and right in the mix, as well. You all make the difference between the humane and inhumane existence. Stay safe and thanks for co-hosting today.

  25. “…live inside your hope…” – the best advice ever. Great quote.
    Stay safe and thanks for co-hosting this month.

  26. Keep going! So much to juggle, but you can do it. Those quotes speak to me. Thank you.

  27. I work part time as a chemistry tutor, and recently my sessions have dwindled to nothing. But they’re picking up again as teachers begin to figure out how to teach classes online. I’ll have to check into those online exercises on Amazon Prime.

    Thanks for co-hosting this month!

  28. Natalie Aguirre

    Glad that you have a good routine with your kids and that your husband is still working. Awesome that you’re getting writing in too. Thanks for co-hosting.

  29. Sounds like the best of a stay-home situation! Amazing job, mom. Thank you for co-hosting this month as well.

  30. Schools have been stepping up to help so much. Well, so have a lot of other institutions and individuals. It’s heartening to read how people can be so good. Thanks for co-hosting this month.

  31. I can’t imagine trying to teach and having to watch your kids at the same time. Everyone has shown such amazing flexibility to be able to adapt to this new temporary normal in such a short space of time. I’m glad you and your family are well. My daughter was supposed to go to Paris with her French class in April. It’s sad that she can’t go, but there will be a next time. Thank you for co-hosting!

  32. Erika, you are coping well. Scheduling the kids’ day makes them feel safer when they have structure. My daughter did the same. I’m bummed that I can’t see my grandkids in person, but FaceTime helps. We do the best we can and together, we will get through this. Thanks for co-hosting this month and continue to stay safe.

    • I am so happy you all are being safe. I am so grateful my mother is doing her best to stay healthy and well. We will get through this mess and when it’s time to shine again, be more grateful than ever for life and family.

  33. Those are some wonderful quotes to consider in these strange times. @samanthabwriter from
    Balancing Act

  34. Debbie Johansson

    I’m fortunate that my youngest finished school last year, so with both my children at home, at least I know they are both safe. I like the idea of using your basement as a gym! Sounds like you are well prepared. Thank you for co-hosting Erika. Stay safe! xx

  35. mlouisebarbourfundyblue

    Hi, Erika! I’m glad to hear you are coping, although I’m sorry to hear how scary it is for you to go to and from work. I say bless everyone in education. I was a teacher for 25 years, and I know how much the entire staff of a school cares for its students. My main grocery store has not accepted shopping with curbside pickup in quite a while. They’ve been overwhelmed for several weeks now. You have such a full plate, so extra thanks to you for co-hosting today. Wishing you all the best in staying safe and writing.

  36. That’s a great collection of quotes. Yes it does help to have a job right now when so many don’t. Still, stay safe and well and many thanks for co-hosting.

  37. Wow, you are busy. And what an important set of jobs for you and your husband. Hope you and your family stay safe and well.

  38. Those are great quotes. I’m also in an essential field. Fortunately, I’m working from home. Thanks for co-hosting!

  39. I live with my sister and niece, both home now and doing the on-line line learning and teaching. I’m home waiting for unemployment to kick in and hoping all the tourists don’t come early to Maine! I hope you and yours stay well during this time, which is definitely scifi like!

  40. Strange and trying times, indeed. Glad to hear you’re doing your part, as we all should. Hope you find balance in all of this soon, stay safe and healthy out there! 🙂

  41. Thank you for that great Barbara Kingsolver quote.

    It sounds like you’ve worked hard to get things set up well for you during this time and, I’m sure you’re right, this is going to be a lot longer than many currently anticipate. I’m fortunate in being a long-term home-worker so am half-way there with being used to the changes – but missing the socialising & family contact.

  42. Our schools are continuing to feed the kids too. What a blessing and how wonderful of you and all administrators and teachers for bravely helping out. A local college has donated all the food in their cafeteria to our local elementary schools to be given to families in need.
    Stay safe and healthy.

  43. Steven Rose, Jr.

    You sound like you have things well-worked out for you and your family. Yeah, there’ve been a few times when the creativity left me because this virus threat had me on edge. But I’m slowly but definitely (bet you thought I was gonna say “surely”, eh? I try to steer away from cliches lol) getting back into the writing routine. Keep you and your family healthy!

  44. Great post. Sounds like you are staying busy. Stay safe, stay healthy and belated IWSG!

  45. Thanks for co-hosting this month.
    I’m with you, still working, a blessing and a scary situation.
    It’s good to hear you are writing. I need to get there, perhaps this weekend.
    Thanks for the great quotes.
    Stay safe.

  46. Damyanti Biswas

    Seems like you’re handling that well! Stay safe!

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