As we all know, everything in our daily lives are completely different compared to this time one year ago.
Tuesday night, I got my first true glimpse of that when it comes to covering Clay County sports.
Typically, even during the pandemic, I’m seated either on the baseline of a basketball court or somewhere at the scorer’s table or the media bench directly behind it.
But on Tuesday, due to North Putnam’s COVID-19 policies that disallow all media members from entering the school for coverage - which I completely understand - I was seated at my kitchen table with my laptop and notepads in front of me ready to cover the Northview-North Putnam boys basketball game.
A few feet away in our living room was my wife, who was watching The Bachelor, while our nine-month old son crawled around, playing with the toys he received for Christmas.
It was different to say the least.
I could run to the fridge or pantry during a break in the action.
I was able to help my wife put our son to bed at halftime.
It was strange.
But at the same time, I have to admit, it was kind of neat.
Getting to spend time with my family while doing my job? Who wouldn’t want to do that?
Of course, being inside the gym and getting the behind-the-scenes access of conversations that take place on the court or the bench, seeing facial expressions when a big shot is made and talking in-person with the coaches and players afterwards is always the most ideal situation.
But with the pandemic ongoing and health being the top priority, I’m just thankful to be able to cover Tuesday’s game - even if it was watching it on YouTube at my kitchen table.