The Joy and Anxiety of Summer post-COVID-19 closures:

            Like many teachers, I count down the days of May, awaiting summer vacation. In 2021, my teaching year ended on May 27. Students left the day before. We the teachers huddled together for Records Day. After the responsibilities of school were over, my husband and I shared a wonderful Memorial Day weekend, remembering those who sacrificed their lives while we also attended a live music show, experienced a Mardi Gras parade (yes, in May. I live in New Orleans. In a normal year, this would happen in February, March at the latest.), and accomplished several household chores.  Today, I find myself lamenting that so much of my summer vacation is already gone. 

            My husband, a retiree, laughs at my lament. He says, “It’s a day out of your life, not just one day out of your vacation.” I agree, but no one but a teacher can understand that teachers squeeze in any relaxation around those vacation times. We do not like stressful summer breaks because that is our time to decompress, and this summer all plans are on hold until I am evaluated for cataract surgery. The prospect of this surgery is depressing for me because it also means I will have to delay my writing goals as well as any longed for travel plans. Most people tell me that cataract surgery is easy and swift these days, but I have some eye conditions that could hinder a timely recovery. No writing, no relaxing vacation. 

            The prospective delay in my writing plans is the most distressing prospect of this whole ordeal. I’ve experienced some challenges in my writing career this year. I’ve accepted them and triumphed, but I still do not want this setback to interfere with my goals. Writing has become embedded in my psyche in a way most people cannot understand; only other writers can. I began writing seriously when my mother became very ill and then succumbed to that illness. Writing was my salvation and still is.  Much of my historical fiction is based on family lore. 

            Hopefully, I can complete a venture this summer that will take me into another era and another project that will allow me to dissect this crazy time we call the pandemic. 

About viola62

I am a teacher by day and a writer by night. I live in New Orleans with my loving husband and write historical fiction, mysteries, and contemporary romance. New Orleans is frequently a character in the book, but I also traverse continents in my quest to bring my characters to life.
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8 Responses to The Joy and Anxiety of Summer post-COVID-19 closures:

  1. There has been so much disruption over the past year that anything added on top is just too much for the shaky base we are all standing on. One of the things I have vowed to do this summer is to get back to reading more. Perhaps you could try some audiobooks? Good luck and wishing you a speedy recovery.

  2. sueberger3 says:

    I am praying for an easy successful cataract surgery for you. I have had both eyes done and it was terrific, but I have no existing eye conditions. Except of course I was almost legally blind.
    I’m not that anymore. I have really good vision. I had one Eye corrected for computer, so I have what they call mono vision and it works perfectly for me. Whatever you choose I hope it is perfect for you.

  3. I know your surgery will be successful and you’ll be back writing and enjoying your summer!

  4. pamelagibson says:

    Sending you a big hug. You’ll get through this.

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