Hemingway!! Come here. Quick. You have to help me. It’s very important.
Steinbeck…………hold down the noise. Can’t you see I’m helping Mom? Remember she has to work from home now so I have to help her with her stuff so she doesn’t work too many hours. If I didn’t help her, she’d be working for elebenty billion hours. Now what is it you want?
I want you to come here! Right now!!
So why am I here? What am I supposed to be looking for? What are you so excited about?
Tell me if you see any corn or iris.
Why on earth are you asking me to do that?
“Cuz I keep hearing on that TV all about the corn and iris and how dangerous they are. I wanted to check the freezer to see if Mom had any corn in there, but she wouldn’t let me. I figured I better check our yard. I don’t want any corn or iris around here.
Steinbeck, you’ve got it all wrong. It’s not corn and iris. It’s coronavirus.
Smarty pants……..how do you know?
Mom told me about it when I asked her why she was working at home now. You must have been sleeping as usual. She said it’s a serious sickness and humans have to be really careful so they don’t get it. Mom is staying in the house as much as she can so she doesn’t run into any of those germs.
I’m so glad you’re my big brother and can teach me things.
Steinbeck, there’s also this rule about social distancing.
It means…..don’t invade my space.
Well, be that way. I’ll just move over here.
I just hope I don’t dream about corn and iris.