How Are You Spending Your Social-Distancing “Vacation”?

Yesterday my 17-year-old, over-achieving daughter shared her Spring break, social-distancing To-Do list. She put the list together on her own (no parental mandate) because her Spring break plans were canceled and social media just was getting old (there is hope for the world.). With her permission, here are a few items on her list:

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How Are You Spending Your Social-Distancing “Vacation”?

How Are You Spending Your Social-Distancing “Vacation”?

Yesterday my 17-year-old, over-achieving daughter shared her Spring break, social-distancing To-Do list. She put the list together on her own (no parental mandate) because her Spring break plans were canceled and social media just was getting old (there is hope for the world.). With her permission, here are a few items on her list:

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