Lola Rolls
Advice on Life from a Former Sideshow Fat Lady

No End in Sight

Posted By on Thursday, July 23rd, 2020

Dear Lola,

I thought things were getting back to normal with the pandemic. Certain things had opened up in my state. In comparison to the misery of lock down, life felt better and easier.

Now, come to find out, my kids won’t be returning to in-person school this fall.

I think I might lose my mind. What should I do?

Is there anything I can do?

–No End in Sight

Dear No End,

Truth be told, there really is only so much you can do and control. That’s a difficult thing to face and accept.

You only recently received the difficult news that your children won’t be attending school in person, so it makes sense that you would need time to adjust and accept this new reality. I’m confident that you will do both, and, from there, you can move forward with revised plans and strategies.

You may eventually take comfort in knowing that, at least, this time you have some decent advance notice of what is going to happen and in the fact that you learned a lot about what does and does not work the last time your kids had to do online school.

All of that is in the future though. In the meanwhile, feel your feelings and talk about them with others in the same situation. Also do something that feels comforting to you, even if that something is of dubious intrinsic value, like eating brownies and drinking chardonnay.

Hang in there!


Barbara Boehm Miller
Fiction Writer and Creator of the Character, Lola Rolls

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