The school day started with an online violin lesson for the Little Sister. The Big Sister moved outside and I found a pressing job in the paddock.
Bearhands phoned Dad and asked him for his help with something on the farm. (There are unconfirmed reports the “something” that needed tending was his daughter.)
Mum and I agonised about the ethics of turning it into an overnight visit. Finally found some guidance on the Queensland Government website that gave the green light to visits from two members of your immediate family. Didn’t tell the kids.
At Morning Tea the Big Sister used my phone to take part in a photography competition. She cheekily joked that her photo should be good enough to win a camera, but not good enough to warrant a visit from Costa.
The Little Sister played lego during her lunchtime break, then we went back out to the office to get stuck into some more fractions.
Final session involved writing an ANZAC acrostic poem. Considered day drinking while the Little Sister tried to think of something relevant that started with Z. Her final poem was a cracker:
A remembering time
New Zealaand and Australia came together to fight
Zoom the bullets flew overhead
A dawn service
Mum and Dad arrived just after school finished. The Big Sister cried when she realised who was here and that they were allowed to stay. I cried watching the girls wrap their Nan in a big hug. We haven’t seen my folks since Dad’s birthday on 18 March - they’re normally regulars at the farm. During their last visit I was stern with them about the risk that COVID19 posed to them and Australia but I didn’t realise that I wouldn’t see them for five weeks.
Nan spent the afternoon playing lego and reading stories - things the girls had told me they missed doing with her. Dad sorted our recycling. ?
Finished our ANZAC egg carton wreath and facetimed my Sister in law and nephews. Apparently my brother was out “getting a deer.” Quietly relieved that Bearhands just goes to the shops.
We smoked salmon for dinner and mooted whether teaching the Little Sister to pour gin and tonics would count as a lesson in both fractions and chemistry.
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