I have spent the last month teaching first grade. Can I please go back to drawing silly comics on the internet now?
Kidding aside, I’ve been on “vacation” while Starcaster #7 was released, and that’s in quotations because it barely qualifies for the word. I did get to spend a lot of time with my family, which was a blessing, but at the same time due to the circumstances of the world right now, our new “normal” feels so askew and surreal.
Schools have been shut down since March and, at least in our area, they’ve announced they’re not reopening them this school year. So, like most parents, we’ll continue functioning as our 1st grader’s Math, Literacy, Science, Music, and Art teachers, in a capacity we were not even remotely trained for.
Over the past few weeks we (the parents and teachers together) have begun to find a balance and rhythm to conducting class at home. From what I gather, every school system is tackling this differently, with some barely doing anything, and others piling on the work. Ours falls towards the latter side of the spectrum, and while it’s not a full school day, it still amounts to 2-3 hours of schoolwork every morning. We’re fortunate because we’re home and we only have one child old enough for school, but I cannot imagine how parents are coping if they’re juggling kids at multiple grade levels, or still have to work their 9-5s.
Never in all my life have I thought to myself “I’d like to teach, that’s something I’d enjoy,” but I’m happy to do it for my son (and I’m not half bad at it, if I do say so myself. 1st grade math is my bitch). Still… there’s a part of me that is excited to return to a more familiar and comfortable routine, writing and drawing comics each week, even though it feels awful to say it because me returning to work means my wife will be doing a larger percentage of the daily classes.
Sitting here, in my office drawing pictures, is something that still feels normal, when so much of how we’re living right now is so very changed.