Louisville, KY— Teresa Hubbard always follows the rules. When Gov. Andy Beshear announced that restaurants and retail facilities would be allowed to operate at 50% capacity – up from 33% – Hubbard followed suit.
“I’m a stickler for following the rules,” said Hubbard, mother of six.
“It’s been a test, that’s for darn sure,” admitted Hubbard, as she carefully measured ingredients for a half-pound cake she intended to serve to three of her six children.
“Don’t get the wrong idea,” implored Hubbard. “I love all my kids just the same, right down the middle. It’s just that I’m tuckered out. There’s plenty of food in the house for the ones who draw the short meal straw. They can get their own food for one day.”
A quick look in Hubbard’s cupboard revealed a well-stocked larder of easy-to prepare macaroni and cheese kits, soups and snacks, while her freezer teemed with microwaveables, designed for busy moms on the go.
“Just because I’m not on the go outdoors doesn’t mean my days are easier,” said Hubbard.
“In fact, my workload’s more since the quarantine. Cooking, cleaning, picking up after six kids all day long – it’s no day at the beach! And the beach hasn’t opened up either by the way, thank you very much.”
During the nation’s pandemic, the Hubbard home has not been completely devoid of levity.
Eleven-year-old twins Bucky and Bruner find plenty of time for pranks.
“Ma can’t tell us apart with our masks on,” admitted Bucky, “so sometimes when we line up for lunch and dinner lottery, I pretend I’m Bruner. We have to make our own fun around here.”
“I can’t wait ‘til things get back to normal,” said Hubbard. At least I’ll get a little breathing room.”
Hubbard plans to offer her entire family curbside pickup when things return to normal.