You Know I’m Trying to Work Here, Right?

The Corona Chronicles | Day Four | Tuesday, March 17th, 2020

Last updated on April 29th, 2021 at 11:24 pm

If St. Patrick’s Day happens and everyone forgets that it’s St. Patrick’s Day, did it even really happen?

The funny thing about me forgetting about St. Patrick’s Day, in particular, is that I’d bought a green shirt from UNTUCKit on my recent trip to DC with the express purpose of having something thematic to wear when the day came along.

But COVID-19 changed everything, and I forgot all about it.

It probably has something to do with the childminding not ending up as equitable… or as easy as either of us initially imagined.

Being a Working Parent in a Social Distancing World

I won’t lie—I can’t do everything I need to in a 9-5 when kids need feeding and there’s so much to do.

I hear it from several friends:

  • Some work 7-11 in the morning and keep working from eight in the evening till midnight once the kids are in bed.
  • I know others who rely on partners who aren’t working so they can do their work before going back to parenting.
  • But I haven’t heard of two working parents who’ve managed to stay great employees and parents at the same time without anyone else to help.

Let’s get it straight, though; I don’t mind watching the kids at all—I mean, as much as any parent wouldn’t mind in this situation—but it’s not something that you can half-ass. We still haven’t gotten into our groove, but we’ll get there… one way or another.

Be well out there, everyone!


How did you celebrate YOUR St. Patrick’s Day? Did you make your own green beer?


la fin.

And that’s it for another day of The Great Quarantine—as much as I enjoy having all this extra time to write, a man’s gotta rest sometime.

I hope you’re all keeping safe out there, and if it all ever feels like it’s a little too much to handle, remember—one day at a time is all we’ve gotta do!

Be well, everyone, and until the next, I remain,

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By Casey E. Palmer

Husband. Father. Storyteller.

Calling the Great White North his home, Casey Palmer the Canadian Dad spend his free time in pursuit of the greatest content possible.

Thousand-word blog posts? Snapshots from life? Sketches and podcasts and more—he's more than just a dad blogger; he's working to change what's expected of the parenting creators of the world.

It's about so much more than just our kids.

When Casey's not creating, he's busy parenting, adventuring, trying to be a good husband and making the most of his life!

Casey lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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