Is this thing on?
*taps microphone then wipes it and my hands profusely with hand santizier*
I wrote my last Friday Fhoughts in late November, and only three or four posts since then, the last being in January. When signing in, and seeing a new dashboard (!), I wondered if I’d remember how to do this. The time seemed right to return, what with being at home so much due to The Situation. I figured I’d visit the ol’ blog and see if I can still type and post and visit with y’all.
Hi! *waving from at least six feet away* How are you? I didn’t mean to be away for months. Life happened. Endings settled before beginnings could begin, then beginnings seemingly are curtailed and/or put on hold for who knows how long as we deal with The Situation. Regularly scheduled programming is interrupted for the time-being (no choir! *faints*). As an introvert, however, I’ve been practicing for social distancing and self-isolation MY ENTIRE LIFE, so I’m good.
In the midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic, I am doing the following:
–Becoming an expert at holding my breath when grocery shopping (people are just beginning to leave more distance between us). P.S. Thank the workers in the aisles if you see them. I thanked the water stock guy last week and he nearly fell over (sure, from exhaustion, but also, I think, kindness).
–Thanking the reporters from the various outlets whose work I’ve been voraciously reading and especially for their work that let me know something was a-comin’ about a month ago. P.S. I stopped watching local TV news a while ago, a good decision confirmed by seeing seeing on a screen I passed no “reporters” asking state health officials about tests but talking to many people trying to find toilet paper.
–Wondering why people are hoarding toilet paper. P.S. I acknowledge that I am a hoarder, but only of library books. Three weeks ago, again thanks to the newspapers giving me warning, I took out, like, 14 books.
–Wondering why more people think social distancing means all going to the park at the exact same moment because the sun is shining. P.S. When they or someone they love, especially one that’s old and/or immunocompromised, gets sick (or worse), they’ll be the loudest complainers. P.S. I visit the sun every couple of days — driving through a park or near the river and back. If you need a place to walk, may I recommend the cemetery? Nobody’s there!
–Hoping that societal/worldly priorities change and life alters for the better, in the way that only happens after great shake-ups like The Situation. P.S. I love that I’m still an optimist, even though I’m increasingly pragmatic as I get older (and I was born, like, 90, so I’ve always been that way anyway).
–Making it a point to sing and laugh every day. P.S. If you like a particular song or know a good comedy bit on The YouTube, drop it in the comments below.
It’s good that I blogged today, if only for the fact that I know now definitively what day it is. It’s been difficult to keep track the past few weeks. Looking forward to not only knowing the day because life is back to normal-ish, but to the stand down from red alert, hopefully sooner rather than later.
May the toilet paper shelves near you be full soon. May the hand sanitizer and soap never run out. May you be inspired by the stories of kindness of strangers and neighbors and friends alike. And may we all see those we wish to see in public again soon without the six-foot barrier of space in between.
P.S. Anxiety hasn’t visited me much during The Situation. I’ve done all I can do to get ready and to mitigate. But if you should find yourself feeling a wee bit unsettled, try “the world’s most relaxing song.” There’s a shorter version, but this may call for the 10-hour one, yes?