All right, if you're going back to school this fall, How do you feel about it? Not safe I don’t – I don’t -- I feel like people are going to be sick and go there not know that they're sick. And the mask, sometimes I can’t really hear what the masks but I can't I can't really hear through the mask that well. So do you think that you would rather stay home and learn online? Learn online! Learn online! Learn online! You don't think that you would miss your friends and your new teacher? Yeah. Yeah. So what kind of things they do you think that you could do to be safe if you had to go back to school in the fall? Social distance. Social distance. Do you think that might be hard at school? Yeah, yeah. Can you think of anything that they could do at school to help you be more safe? Put the desk apart, It's only half the group at recess. Just a little group at a time. Do you think everybody should be wearing masks? Yes, but sometimes I can't hear them. That's going to be tricky. Yeah, really tricky.
I think that one of the things that I was thinking about that kind of relates to being at home, is that the — if you think about some Disney princesses like Rapunzel and Elsa and Anna, I really like those Disney Princesses and those Disney Princesses had to stay home. For example, cause they were — like they had to stay home, and Rapunzel was locked in a room for a while. But there's a song in the movie Tangled which is when “Will My Life Begin” and it says all the things you did that day make us a really big inspiration because if you think about it, there's a lot of things that you can do even at home, and if she could get by I bet we can too. And nonetheless, yes, it’s very — can be very boring. But I really think that like that's a good inspiration song even if it's probably it was made way before any of this happened, it kind of relates.
So it's beautiful day. I had — decided to walk downtown in our little Zeeland, and buy myself a new puzzle because I spend a lot of time doing puzzles. And I want to give our local toy store the business as opposed to ordering one online. So anyway, I walked downtown, and when I got to the toy store, I looked in the window and I saw kids inside kind of running around the toy store looking at the toys with no masks. They were maybe ten, eleven years old and it made me a little uncomfortable. But dug my mask out of my purse put it on and I went, open the door. And there's no sign on the door saying “wear a mask, social distance”. This is a tight store. So I was uncomfortable and I thought: “okay I'm going to give him another chance I'll open the door and if there if the employees are wearing masks I know exactly what puzzle I want I want to give them the business I'll do it.” So open the door, the employee’s behind the counter. He looked happy to see a customer. "Hello!" No mask. I turned right around and walked out. So I got home, I told my husband about it and he said, “Call them. Let him know why you were uncomfortable to shop in his store.” So I did, I just called him and this is not something I do. But I voted with my feet and I let him know why he wasn't going to get my business. And I believe in giving business to the local people but I'm going to go by my puzzle online now where it's safe.
Is there anything you are particularly grateful for this week? Yes, I'm actually grateful for being able to get working on some of the papers that I have been working on for years, and I'm trying to get it published somewhere, with one of my professors. And I am also grateful for getting a ticket, so I finally I can fly back home after graduation. You know after the COVID crisis started, things are not normal and I just got a ticket from the Saudi government for flying back to Saudi Arabia. So yeah, I guess there are so many things that have been so difficult to live with during this COVID crisis, from working from home, trying to just create your environment where you are surrounded by your kids and stuff like that where you need a very peaceful, calm, quiet, place to just work on writing let's say. It is hard for also just working on trying to teach our kids at home. That's also hard. Has been so difficult for me, I haven't dealt with that before but now I'm experiencing that same difficulty that teachers go through.