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#SoCS – The Pros and Cons of Everything


There are, arguably, pros and cons to just about everything, if not absolutely everything. It’s like a yin/yang sort of deal.

The biggest pros and cons I’ve had to deal with lately–meaning the ones I’ve had to deal with most often–are things like whether to get up at the crack of dawn to take Alex for a walk or get another hour of sleep. Walk pros=getting exercise while it’s not too humid to breathe, walk cons=sleep is good.

I do realize I’m writing this at 1:18am, so “sleep is good” and knowing what’s good for me are obviously on the opposite end of the spectrum. I think it’s going to rain in the morning though, so I should be able to sleep in.

(Photo: A recent photo of a crack-of-dawn walk – sunlight shining through the branches of a maple tree.)

Conundrum #2, the pros and cons of eating crackers vs ice cream. Cracker pros=better for me, cracker cons=they’re not as delicious as ice cream and they don’t relieve my heart burn.

But it all comes back to the exercise and what I can afford to eat.

Conclusion: food is life.

The most important set of pros and cons weighing on me at the moment–me and all the other parents in the world–are those surrounding school.

Pros for Alex=much-needed learning in a place where he can concentrate and be taught in his own language: ASL. And having him at school will mean I’ll have a break–the first since March 12th.

Cons=the risk, however slight, of catching Covid-19. With his heart condition, it’s too much to risk. Even though we’ve had one case in our area since May, when we had four cases. His classes normally have a capacity of five students, maximum. The country currently has fewer than 5,000 active cases. And it’s a big country. But all it takes is one person driving through …

I may be paranoid, but I don’t think I can bring myself to send him.

Such a tough decision.



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Author: Linda G. Hill

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30 thoughts on “#SoCS – The Pros and Cons of Everything

  1. I hope they give you lots of options about school. It would be nice if he could drop in for socially distanced Physical Ed. So much could be done outdoors… well maybe not in the winter time. Yeah, sleep is good.


  2. I stumbled across this one… I too have the pros an cons… Sleep is important for me but I am an insomniac and also, I tend to do better when I get some creative time in and lately that’s been late at night.
    I cannot imagine sending my child to school, but also I am in the states. In Oregon it is either reckless or terrified, and we both tend toward terrified these days, watching how stupid our fellow Oregonians are, including our Governor (whom I into office). It comes down to trust, and from our perspective it is hard to trust anything in the states. I am happy to be out of that last decision and don’t envy you.


  3. Yes, it is a tough decision. I liked your thoughts about exercise, sleep and ice cream and the photo is beautiful.


  4. Awe! Your not paranoid at all! He’s high risk, I doubt I’d send him either! Hopefully you got some sleep, and enjoyed your icecream! Lol.


  5. Your conclusion is 100% truth. Bless.


  6. Still no like button and it is nice to see that you are writing for your own prompts.


  7. Wishing you well with your school decision. I’m grateful that Canada in general and your area in particular are doing so well with the pandemic that it’s possible to make a considered decision about school.


  8. Tough decision on the school. There is wisdom in waiting. At least you will sleep better. (Maybe)


  9. It’s so hard Linda you have to go with whatever you feel is right 💜


  10. Pros and cons lose their value when confronted with emotions. I’ve been walking our pup earlier and earlier in the heat. Today, we walk very early, to beat the rain. She’s hard to deal with if we miss the walk.

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  11. It’s a tough decision.


  12. The last decision is the toughest!


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