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Blog: I cried in the shower this morning

Blog: I cried in the shower this morning

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Gretta Hochsprung

I cried in the shower this morning.

I bet a lot of moms did.

Now, I’m a normally anxious adult with a lot on her plate. I tend to panic when I have too much to do, and not enough time to get it done. Now I have nothing to do, and that is so much worse.

I have three sons, two step-sons, and two jobs. But this coronavirus pandemic has my anxiety level at an all-time, skyrocketing-into-space high.

I’ve owned a small business – a dance studio – for 17 years. We had to close down Sunday night. Really not sure how to pay my bills if we can't open back up soon.

I’m also a newspaper reporter whose boss just told her to work from home from now on. At home … with my five kids doing schoolwork on the couch and my husband who is trying to teach middle school social studies on a Chromebook.

All my kids’ activities are canceled.

Pretty sure I’m never going to see the $100 I just paid to sign my 9-year-old up for Little League.

I wonder if the rock climbing gym my guys are at four hours a week is still going to charge my account this month, even though they are closed.

My step-son's track sneakers we just bought will probably never be worn. 

My son’s autism social groups are postponed – and that’s not good for anyone.

But worse than all of that is the idea that my kids could get sick – every parent’s worst nightmare.

I really wish we could go back two weeks when my biggest challenge was remembering to bring my reusable bags to the grocery store.

I cried in the shower this morning.

And I probably will again tomorrow.

Gretta Hochsprung writes hometown news. To reach her, email ghochsprung@poststar.com or call 518-742-3206.

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