AUGUST 2020 THE
KIDS AND THE CORONAVIRUS
Andrew attends the University of Montana Western in Dillon, Montana. After spring break in March, UMWestern closed their dorms and students were required to stay home. Drew, attended his last two classes of the semester remotely, watching lectures via Zoom and taking tests online. Additionally, spring football was canceled. It was not the freshman year he had hoped for. Drew’s return to the Foust house provided an opportunity to see UM Western’s block system firsthand. I was a little dubious about how much work can be accomplished in three weeks, but watching Drew cover voluminous materials made me a believer. They really do cover an entire semester of material in three weeks and are required to show how much they know at the conclusion. I was also impressed with how creative Drew was in building his own gym during the lockdown. The Foust family garage became Drew’s gym with a pullup bar, box for jumping, and free weights he ordered online. Although nothing can make up for spring football at a college football program, I was impressed with his dedication to staying in shape and doing what he could to prepare for football this fall. Let’s hope the number of COVID-19 cases are low and the upcoming football season will not be canceled. I must admit that I cannot imagine how strange the 2020 senior year must have been. While “senioritis” is real, the lockdown took this to a whole new level for Chandler. Right after the lockdown, Chandler and his fellow seniors were informed that their spring semester grades would not impact their overall GPA. Needless to say, a class or two was skipped and everyone seemed happy to get through the last eight weeks of school. Although prom was virtual, social distancing was required, and attendance at graduation was limited, it will be an experience that high school seniors, like Chandler Foust, will never forget.
Raising kids can be a challenging endeavor. When Heather and I were married in 2013, Heather took on a husband and two boys as well: Andrew, who was 12, and Chandler, who was 11. The boys are now 18 and 19 years old. They both face growing up in a very different world than the one Heather and I knew as teenagers — especially with the coronavirus. Every generation has a challenge, and we got one in 2020! This pandemic is historic and unlike anything our nation has seen in over 100 years. Although I suspect our experience dealing with the coronavirus is likely similar to yours, it is sometimes good to see that others have experienced the same struggles and emotions. Some college kids have returned home to avoid the coronavirus, which has led to empty nests filling back up. One of our friends downsized from a five-bedroom home to a two-bedroom, only to see all three of his adult children return home. In our house, Andrew was forced to return from his dorm in Dillon, Montana, to what used to be the exercise room in our home. That meant his classes would be taken via Zoom, and he would need to find a new college routine in the same home he grew up in. For Chandler, it meant a very strange senior year of high school awaited him.
May your family be safe during these trying times and may we see a quick end to this health care crisis.
- Lucas Foust
406-587-3720 • 1www.lucasfoustlaw.com
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