A few weeks ago I wrote a post about my conspiracy theories about the Coronavirus. About how I felt about the whole thing. Nothing has changed since then, for me, but for the rest of America – HOLY SHIT.
This is a time in my life I could never have imagined. While talking to my father last night he said that my grandkids, maybe even my great-grandkids will be asking me about this time in our history one day.
People are being forced to work from home, schools everywhere are closed. There is no toilet paper (which I still don’t understand), cleaning products, or meat. As I sit here writing this I am watching the coverage of the “Novel Coronavirus Pandemic” for the first time since this whole thing has started in the US. Lord, I can see why people are panicking.
I have said it for years, in the event of a true actual emergency the US, the modern world, could never handle it. This thing is not a fictional virus that is killing people within hours of contracting it but the way it is being sold to us on the media you would think it is.
My world does not change much during times like this. I work at a Police Department, my position is considered essential and I am expected to show up rain, snow, sunshine or global pandemic. Maybe that is why these sort of things don’t get me as worked up as the rest the world. There are no snow days, there is no working from home option. Whenever stuff like this happens it really just is a major inconvenience to my day-to-day life.
This past weekend I just needed to do my routine grocery shopping and I could not even meal plan because I had no idea what the stores would have. When I got to the store and saw that there actually was no meat, pasta or bread I was shocked. Panic buying.
People are not even thinking. And THAT is what is so scary. Even my mother, she said she went to the store to get groceries for the weekend and bought a (one) container of egg beaters that she eats. Then she saw some other woman with four containers in her cart and my mother said she thought about going back and getting more because when she needs them there won’t be any. Which is not the case if people weren’t losing their goddamn minds. I can’t even wrap my head around where people are keeping all this food. We have the largest residential sized refrigerator/freezer and an extra freezer in the basement after a normal grocery shopping trip…. it’s full. Our cabinets are full. I have to imagine that people have shelves in their basement dedicated to canned goods, pasta, etc, etc, etc.
Again, my life is not much different now than it was before this.
I was always buying in bulk because… I’m lazy and hate buying the same thing every week or month. Everyone who is running out and buying all this toilet paper – every three to four months I was buying a case of toilet paper. Same with paper towels and wipes.
Social distancing, again, nothing new for me. I enjoy being home. I don’t like big crowds. I enjoy cooking and eating at home. But I will be upset if my gym closes, other than work – that is where I go.
All of these things that the government/media are suggesting are things that so many people shook their head at me for. And now look at the world. I have never been more calm but I understand how unnerving it is to people that are used to and enjoy going out. I also understand how frustrating this could be for people with young children that are now home from school for the next two to four weeks. While I never had to deal with this when our kids were little, there were plenty of days where both my husband and I had to go to work and trying to find childcare was always a stressor for me. So I can only imagine how those parents are feeling right now.
This is the last time I will talk about this. I wanted to use my little space on the internet to get all of my thoughts out of my head and remind people that it will be okay. This too shall pass. Be kind. Stay sane. There is plenty to go around if we remember our neighbors are trying to take care of themselves and their family as well.
Take all the extra time we now have to be with our family (I just ordered a deck of Uno cards to play with the kids), to catch up on your shows or binge a new show. Be productive during this time, get those projects around the house that you have been putting off… done. For too long we have been telling ourselves and others we are “too busy” to do things, now you’re not…
But now, I am turning the news off and I will not talk about the coronavirus again. I won’t feed the media virus, or the panic anymore. There was life before COVID-19 and there will be life after it…..