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By Carol Perkins

A week in the house is not terrible for me. A week in the house for Guy is punishment.

As the owner and operator of Guy Perkins Associates, he meets with corporate buyers weekly in various states. "The businesses I go to aren't letting anyone inside." He was disappointed. One thing Guy loves more than Hallmark movies is to work. Thousands of people like Guy are now forced to stay at home and find a new way of spending their days. Unfortunately, he is glued to the cable 24/7 news networks and gives me a rundown on all the latest. I prefer to bury my head.

On the first two days of my Texas granddaughter's house confinement, we Facetimed, and she was not happy.

It seems that her responsible parents would not allow her to gather at a friend's house where "all the other" girls were together. Tragic.

I asked her if she had thrown a fit, which promised she had thrown a royal one. "Have you cried?" I asked. She replied that tears didn't work either. Pouting? No one noticed. When my son came through the room while we were chatting, I told Eme to put him on Facetime. "Jon, if my friends (Connie, Roberta, and Judy) had been gathered together and I was at home, I would have DIED! He didn't care. "Yea, Mama, but you'd be the first to keep us out of the threat of disease."

I hated to go against Eme, but he was right. So, I turned around my strategy and assured her that she was lucky to have responsible parents. The eye-rolling did not go unnoticed. I suggested she sew, play Monopoly, clean her room (she did that the first day while she was mad), or cook. Nothing lit up her face. "If you were here, we'd have all kinds of things to do," I said. But that wasn't an option.

Being isolated with your children can drive you crazy, but it works both ways. They don't want to be tied down to you or the house when they become teens. They think the world is still having fun and they aren't. Their friends will forget them and never ask them to another party. Their social life is ruined. Try to think like a teenager who is stuck with adults.

Guy is stuck with me, but I try to give him space. Last night he wanted to know how to find a western on Netflix. He surfed through the menu. When he didn't find a western, he watched another movie. I went to the bedroom to watch "Better Call Saul," and in thirty minutes, he appeared. "Your movie over?" I asked. "No, I got halfway through and remembered I had seen it and didn't like it." Dear Lord, help us get through these next weeks or months without battle scars.

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