Quarantine Day 11 : Beyond the BEAR

Quarantine Day 11

by Dola Spering on 03/23/20

Quarantine Day 11 - Mini-Blog


Today is March 23rd, 2020. Day 11 of a county-wide quarantine due to the Coronavirus, or COVID-19. We are all expecting the lockdown to continue for at least a few more weeks, if not months. My family and I have been staying at home and right now we are so very thankful we each have our own unique spot in the house when we need it. But we also have been spending nights playing board and video games, making YouTube videos, and watching tv and movies together. Truth be told, we would do those things before the lockdown, but it was always a struggle to find the right time when no one had other plans or just needed to veg on their own for a while. 


It has been especially interesting for me and my boys, Anthony and Chase, because we have been spending some time making YouTube videos for Project BEAR’s YouTube channel. They help me do mundane tasks that need to be done to be able to ship bears, and we make a video together as we do it. And we have a great time. 


One of the things that I am realizing is how little my kids actually know about Project BEAR. I always just kind of assumed they understood what I did and why and how, but it is becoming clear that they really don’t beyond “we give bears to people who lose babies.” So it has really been a blessing to me to share Project BEAR with them in this new way. To have them be a part of it and physically help package bears, and to have them want to help means a lot to me. 


I don’t know how long this lockdown/quarantine will last, but I think I will be a little sad when they have to go back to school because then they won’t have as much time to make videos (and other things) with me. But I do know that the memories we make during this time, and the lessons they learn about serving others will last a lifetime!


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