Today is the first day of my Spring Break, but everything is uncertain because of the outbreak of coronavirus. Here in Illinois we are “sheltering in place.” That means my husband, son, and I all work from home. None of us can go out except for a walk or a trip to the grocery store.
While we have a LOT to be thankful for, we miss our daily routines. I miss the students I teach at my school job. I miss both their energy and making music with them face to face.
On a happy note, many of my public school students are making videos of themselves playing their instruments joyfully. They’ve been posting videos on social media or sending them to me. It warms my heart!
I am sure many of us are in the same boat. We’re home; we’re waiting and we’re anxious.
For Spring Break, I was planning a trip to California to see family and to work with my sister Rebecca on our business. I was looking forward to celebrating together what we have accomplished this year.
So, what am I doing now?
- I’m taking long walks or bicycling every day.
- I’m building my spiritual practice with daily meditations and readings.
- I’m playing my ukulele.
- I’m reconnecting with family members now that we are together under one roof.
- I’m developing new and exciting ways of teaching ukulele online.
- I’m watching lots of instructional videos to learn more about how to build great courses and community.
I am excited to share all of these ideas with our ukulele community. I hope all of you are well and that you are enjoying your friends and loved ones in this stressful period. The ukulele is such a happy instrument; I hope it can bring you joy in a troubled time.