The plan was to start back at Columbia on September 1. I met with the teachers in mid-August, the week before the students arrived, and we set the date and the times for storytelling. I told them I would check in before then with the list of books for September. The other RISE storytellers were making similar plans throughout the city at the various schools to which we are assigned. It all looked good.
Until…the COVID case numbers skyrocketed. The hospitals filled. When all the ICU rooms were full, patients were being transported to other cities in California and even other states. The situation had become dire. Younger people were falling ill this time. The protocols were changing on a daily basis, one being, from the State health department, that school volunteers were not allowed on campuses. That meant me, my stories, my bag of tricks.
Stay flexible. Be ready to pivot. Don’t take anything for granted. Hold your plans lightly. There’s a pandemic out there.