Five Card Story: Leading, Teaching, and Parenting During a Pandemic - An Update

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On March 31, 2020, I blogged about my thoughts and experiences of Leading, Teaching, and Parenting During a Pandemic. This current assignment allows me to reflect again on this topic two months later while using photos.

The first photo reminds me of our first residency with the Ed.D. program. While I cannot remember what type of flower I picked, I do remember Dr. Shakeshaft asking us to describe ourselves based on the flower chosen. This flower reminds me of the two years I've put into the program thus far and to appreciate all that I've received to date from the program.

The second photo reminds me of a succulent. Many articles have come out recently regarding the rise in Black women tending to plants as a means to focus on self-care and mental health. I've never been able to keep plants alive (I've killed a cactus) but I've become more interested in it this summer as something to teach me patience, to slow down, and be intentional with my time.

The third photo is of a group of kids playing. As a single parent of one child, having conversations with my daughter regarding why she can't physically play with other kids has been important but also hard. What is missing from the beautiful articles and guidance from the CDC/government is how to engage in these conversations while coparenting during a pandemic. Children going back and forth to both parents homes is not a easy conversation to begin with let alone during a pandemic. Hopefully, this pandemic provides an opportunity to evolve relationships for the benefit and safety of all homes.

The fourth photo is a picture of clouds. Any day that has not rained has been an opportunity for my daughter and I to play soccer and ride our bikes. She started the year having learned how to ride her bike without training wheels. This pandemic has gotten us to ride between 20-30 miles per week on our bikes.

The fifth photo is a plate of food. What kind, I don't know. But what I do know is I've perfected different recipes and meals during this pandemic. Some days it looks like mush (as does the picture) and some days the meals are Instagram worthy. But regardless of how it looks, I acknowledge the privilege I have in being able to provide food for my daughter.

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