I’m not ignoring the virus, the pandemic, the constraints on travel, the isolation, the possible detrimental effects to businesses and their employees as we slow everything down, bring some things to a halt and are forced to isolate and go inside. If we hopefully aren’t sick, chances are that we or someone we know are directly affected by the restrictions in place at this time.
One of my nieces has been at a cooking school in Southern Italy since January. The school closed before the course was completed. She is currently on her way home having to make three different flight connections–one in Munich, one in London and then home to San Francisco. She is going to self-quarantine for two weeks. We aren’t sure what requirements she is going to face at each of her stopping points. We pray for her safe return and minimal hardship along the way.
Then, a nephew working in the entertainment industry, may lose his job. He finds out today. He has a wife and three young children. I can only imagine the stress that he is under at this time. Of course, ideally, employers should take care of their employees at such a time. I read that Disneyland is paying their employees during the shutdown. Yes, we each deserve to be so valued.
One of my daughters is a nurse. She works twelve-hour shifts. In a clinic for low income people. She is sure she’s been exposed to the virus at this point, even with all the precautions that she takes. On the weekend, she shops for groceries. She is dismayed to see that the shelves are emptied by people in a panic. When she loads her shopping cart with what she can find of her weekly food supply, someone in line smirks and says “hoarding.” She has a husband and three children all at home due to school closures across the land. We know so little of other people’s lives. Another reason to be considerate.
For me, I work at home, so at this time, it’s not affecting my daily work routine. I admit to taking one extra of things on the grocery shelf than I might ordinarily. I leave plenty for others. However, being single, I do miss the local social gatherings that have been cancelled. I call a family member or a friend…but it’s not the same as being in their physical company. Even living in a small community, the streets are bare and it is somewhat eerie. I do have concern for my family that lives in the big city. I do pray for everyone, for a worldly calm to descend. I also hope that we take advantage of this time apart.
Blessings, calm and good health to you and your families.