How was your 15 days to slow the spread?
Overall, I feel like mine really wasn’t that bad…
I tend to be resilient and able to shed stress pretty easily. As I wrote in So It’s The Laughter We Will Remember, I tend to look on the bright side.
In the beginning....
When the 15 days to slow the spread began, I viewed it as a patriotic mission for the well-being of the country. I was all in on staying home and doing my part.
I was disappointed that our 30th Anniversary vacation would be postponed. I was also worried about my husband who was a frontline supermarket worker, my daughter who was still away at school, and my son who recently left the nest to live with his girlfriend.
As a retired teacher, I was able to play board games and binge watch t.v. My husband worked in Stop & Shop, so I was never stressed about the at home virus essentials.
I stressed about my husband bringing home the virus on his shoes? coat? groceries? I stressed about him getting Covid. I stressed about my daughter being away from home.
It also became evident pretty quickly that my dog sitting business was going to be taking a hiatus as cancellation after cancellation came in. I didn’t really stress over this though when other people were losing their lives and their livelihoods. Dog sitting is just a side job for me.
I felt better when my daughter came home to what would become the “New Normal” Distance Learning. She was annoyed with the Governor and basically with the whole locked down, but having her around gave me a companion. Grocery store managers are never home, and the virus made things even busier when people were panic buying.
I was doing great! Then they extended the lockdown. Boy did I get depressed! Two weeks sounded like a solid plan. Now I felt like I was on shaky ground.
Easter came and there had been no Holy Week. Church was a weekly thing for me. My church had a long way to go with online masses, so I turned to Rick Warren who had been doing this for years for my Easter service. He definitely left me inspired and feeling hopeful for the future.
Easter Sunday was actually pretty nice the three of us. We did everything as usual. We dyed eggs and had hors d’ oeuvres, and a really nice dinner. My daughter and I worked together to make a really nice bunny cake.
Then Monday came and my husband didn’t feel well and went to get tested for the virus. It didn’t take long to find out that he Tested Positive for the Virus!
Wow! Now What? So much was unknown about the spread of the virus and how to recover from the virus. I spent a great deal of my time sanitizing, and began reading stories of families who experienced not so great experiences with the virus.
Three weeks later I have to say we were very lucky! My husband never had to be admitted to a hospital and my daughter and I got away unscathed. It was a long 3 weeks and the darkest time of the pandemic. I lost my love for shopping when my daughter and I were forced to do food shopping under very stressful conditions. Not wanting to breathe, tough things, or be near strangers made shopping undesirable.
Practicing Social Distancing…
I pretty much have practiced social distancing for years now staying in my small bubble of people. This may be the main reason I faired so well during the lockdown. I’m not very into many people anyway.
During the heart of the spring season, my daughter and I took up walking. We explored our neighborhood on hour long walks, and expanded to as many preserves, trails, and arboretums we could find open on Long Island.
We really made the best of it. We went somewhere everyday, enjoyed the sunshine in the yard, binged watch Netflix and did 1,000 piece puzzles in the evening. This went on for weeks. So much for 15 days to slow the spread!
Ready for a Change…
June came and my nails were pretty much destroyed without my powder gel manicure. My hair was also ready for a fresh highlight. Take out food had lost its luster and I was ready for a change of scenery.
We were supposed to go to Disney World in June, but ended up taking a road trip to Binghamton and staying at my daughter’s apartment. This was great because the Governor granted them outdoor dining privileges, and we discovered Animal Park Adventure and Buttermilk Falls. The quick getaway was what we needed.
When we returned my daughter was getting depressed about not having her usual summer camp job, but she put herself out there and landed a great daycare job which she now works at whenever she’s home throughout the year.
Jen’s Doggy Daycare came back to life the 4th of July weekend and has pretty much been steady ever since as I wrote in I think I Reached Phased 4. Many people discovered the value of a road trip and others started returning to work.
Over the summer, we continued road tripping with a trip to Cooperstown and another to Cape May. As always, I figured out a way to be happy. After all, when I retired I said I would watch dogs and go on vacations, and that’s just what I was going to do!
When the fall came, I have to admit my life became pretty normal. My daughter went back to school and I stayed home dog sitting. Going out to eat became more pleasant and trips to the local stores seemed to become less stressful.
We had a wonderful 90th birthday celebration for my mother-in-law outdoors with friends and family stopping by. I don’t think this would have been as nice without the new craze of outdoor and drive by birthday celebrations.
We went on our Anniversary trip in November to St. Lucia. We followed all the protocols and everything was fine. Christmas was wonderful as always. I did my best to find holiday attractions and lights to get in the Christmas spirit and church was open for holiday masses.
My daughter and I did our now annual January vacation. This year was Coconut Bay in St. Lucia. No cruise (ha ha) like last year.
It’s Spring Again…
Spring is in the air and I’m starting to get back outside again. I’m happy just to get some fresh air and sunshine, watch dogs, go out to eat occasionally and plan and look forward to my next vacation.
There have been some changes. The Covid Culture has me now using YouTube for online yoga and pilates classes. The gym no longer interests me, and I enjoy trying out new classes and instructors. I don’t feel awkward when I don’t like a class and choose a new one. I also have changed to whole food plant-based diet. I view both of these things as positives of the lockdown.
The big thing now is everyone wanting to get the vaccine and get back to normal. I have decided to get the vaccine when I am eligible. I think by the time they get to me it will be very accessible.
So how was my 15 days to slow the spread? As the saying goes, “Life is what you make it”. As always, I made the best of it.
I’m confident that the day will come when this is all in the past.
So how was your 15 days to slow the spread?