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Meredith Shaw, a radio and TV host, and chef Rodney Bowers, TV host and head of food media at Centennial College, have been together for more than three years. When the pandemic hit, they both adjusted to running their careers from home and e-learning Rodney’s kids, 10-year-old Abbey, and eight-year-old William. In September, while the kids’ schools were figuring out the virtual rollout, Rodney decided he would take the kids on a three-week educational cross-country road trip. Here’s how it went. –As told to Jean Grant Rodney: “Meredith and I live in Little Italy, where I used to run a restaurant called Hey Meatball. In addition to my teaching gig, I regularly appear on the Marilyn Denis Show , and Meredith and I have a show together on CTV called Double Your Dish . When the pandemic hit, we were juggling all our jobs from home, which was a big change—especially while dealing with kids. “I’m from a small town in Newfoundland, and I usually take the kids there for a month every summer to visit family and connect with their roots. This year we couldn’t do it—summer was basically shut down and Newfoundland was in the Atlantic bubble. Meanwhile, Centennial went completely virtual, so I was busy filming a series of videos. I deferred my vacation to the fall to spend more time with the kids at home. “When September came, we figured that the safest thing to do was keep the kids out of school and stick […]