How we are doing…

I saw this on Facebook and I laughed out loud… so of course, I have to share it πŸ˜‰

time men

It did get me to thinking though how blessed we are to have been granted time at home to do the things we never really get a chance to do, because life gets in the way.

The only real changes to my life as I know it is that I am no longer having to be Mom’s Taxi – no school, no dance. And suddenly I am no longer minus four hours in my day πŸ™‚
I did realise, with a small amount of sadness, that it doesn’t actually affect me socially. I very seldom get together with friends anymore. So 21 days with myself? Well, that’s pretty much the norm these days. (Well, technically me, my dogs, and my children – the norm.) This is usually due to a busy dancing schedule that means I have to cancel plans to be the transport πŸ˜‰ And it’s actually a norm that I enjoy – I don’t feel unfulfilled or lonely. And when I do get together with friends on the odd occasion? It means that I enjoy and value the time a little bit more.

There has been a little bit of tension in my house though – my big dog was grumpy for a couple of days (after a vet trip, he’s been given antibiotics – infected nail), my teen is daughter is grumpy because she misses her friends and dancing, and says that practising at home on her own just isn’t the same. I totally get that! My 21 year old son, who is almost finished his BComm degree which he is doing online, is a bit grumpy because he’s used to us being out of the house for a few hours a day which gives him a little bit of peace – understandable, again. I’m grumpy because I dislike having to do damage control between the two of them πŸ˜› πŸ˜› πŸ˜›
My little dog just carries on with her life, chasing bugs and completely oblivious to the rest of us. Life is good πŸ˜‰

The virus has hit my town, and as far as I know, we have three confirmed cases. This was still not enough to elicit panic in me. In fact the calm that I am feeling in the midst of all this chaos can only be credited to a Higher Power – Something Greater than me.
Or maybe there trulyΒ isΒ something wrong with me?

Our President announced on Monday night that the country is going into lock down from Thursday. And my town went mad. People flocked to every shop, bottle store, pharmacy and emptied the shelves – hundreds of people in small spaces bumping up against each other, not respecting even half a metre distance in queues. Just plain crazy.
I have enough food supplies to last us three days – and I can bake πŸ˜‰
Thereafter, I will be trying to purchase online for delivery. However, at the moment, our online service (we only have one supplier for groceries) is out of stock – I can’t even buy 2 litres of long life milk for my cupboard. How silly! They have assured us that they will be replenishing stocks in the next couple of days though. And as I said, I can bake – so I have assured the kids they won’t starve πŸ˜‰
I still genuinely feel calm. SMH. (Shaking My Head, for those who don’t know πŸ˜‰ )

I will admit, however, that I was extremely angry on Monday afternoon. And here’s why:

Patient Zero (our first Coronavirus patient here in my town) is a 28 year old woman who returned from Germany recently, and tested positive last week. She agreed to self-quarantine in her own home, and so they sent her home.Β 
However, on the weekend, she roamed the streetsΒ  – she went shopping and apparently even went out for a meal. Because, according to her, it is her right. And yes, I am going to say it, ‘What the eff???!!!’

This young lady claimed that she was exercising her right to freedom of movement – how dare they tell her to stay at home. Personally, I feel our government should be exercising their right to charge her with culpable homicide.Β 

I don’t think what has happened in my town is exclusive. I don’t think she’s the only one with this type of attitude. But because it hits so close to home, it just made me SO ANGRY!

Yes, we don’t need to panic. But I can’t stress enough that we DO need to stop being so selfish. Why is this so difficult for people? Has this world really become such a heartless place?Β 

I have been very careful to pretty much ‘self quarantine’ the kids and I, even though we have no symptoms of the virus. (Pretty much since schools here shut down, and so I have been ‘legally’ able to.) I have limited my outings to the shops greatly, without panic buying.
I haven’t done all this because I am overreacting, scared or misinformed. I have done this because I need to do my part to protect the elderly, and people that are perhaps sick with pre-existing conditions that make them vulnerable.Β 

Because here’s what I do know : they’re still learning about this virus. I could be a carrier without even knowing it, despite the fact that I have been really careful, and not been in physical contact with anyone who has travelled – to my knowledge.

I know that It’s Not About Me!

Let’s all try to be kind enough to consider other people, please.

Be safe, dear readers and friends. And don’t forget to fix the things that need fixing because now you have time πŸ˜› πŸ˜‰

13 thoughts on “How we are doing…

  1. I absolutely thought the same thing. Currently, the fam and I are able to continue running a business, as it’s food delivery related. But should we be required to discontinue because of the current pandemic, I wouldn’t mind at all, so that I could get my home procrastinations finally completed.

    Mainly, they have to do with organizing. We have a super-dusty and dirty outdoor storage, which is gonna require for me a wear a face mask while clearing out. Good thing I have face masks on-hand, for when I do begin that cleaning task!

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    1. Fantastic! I’ve decided to start tackling all the cupboards in the house – amazing how quickly things pile up… a spring clean for me as we head into Autumn πŸ˜› πŸ˜‰
      Stay safe, and thank you for your comment ❀

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  2. Strange that all around the world we are finding ourselves in the same situation. And human nature is behaving the same all over. It leaves me with little faith in people apart from those odd moments that shine out. I’m now in lock down for 21 days, and like you, I can also cook so will trying a few new things. Happiness is coffee and a good book and now there are no distractions. Another little light shining in the darkness?

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    1. Oh absolutely. My daughter was given a box set in December of a ‘spy teen’ series. In one week, she has read all eleven books πŸ˜‰
      I have things to do still – content writing, and household chores… and have promised myself that I will sort out the cupboards (a spring clean at the beginning of Autumn here πŸ˜‰ ) – but I am relishing in the moments where I can just sit quietly and lose myself in books πŸ™‚
      Amidst the chaos, there are definitely many blessings to be counted πŸ™‚

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  3. Amen. My mom is on immunosuppressant medication for her arthritis and she works in an ER. She took vacation through this Friday but after that I worry about her catching it. I have been posting on SM to stay at home for people like my mom. When they say only the vulnerable will be at risk, your “only” is my mom and my kids Nana. We tell our kids that we are being a #stayathomehero for the people who are at risk. Be a hero. Stay at home! 😊

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    1. Oh Collene 😦 I’m sorry to hear that about your mom. Here’s hoping and praying that she escapes it.
      I LOVE what you are teaching your kids! Well done!
      I’m also going to be a #stayathomehero πŸ˜‰

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  4. 🀣 That is a cute graphic, I agree!

    Your post is spot-on! Reading your story about the young lady who decided it was her right to do whatever the flip she wanted has genuinely made my blood start to boil…again. I have heard this here in the states as well and I think, “Really? Human life means so little to you that your little social life is far more important?” UGH! I have wondered the same about the level of selfishness we’re dealing with worldwide. It’s a shame and a sin, in my humble opinion. Narcissism has run rampant these days.

    Sorry to hear your kiddos are a bit stir crazy without their usual activities. I can see how it would be difficult for folks who are used to be more social lives. I’m an introvert, as is my husband, so we both have pretty much seen no change in our usual day to day outside of the Coronavirus precautions and a seriously troubling lack of toilet paper!! 😲

    Be safe my friend. This too shall pass, we both know that! It’s not something we have any control over. All we can do is place our faith in the Lord, trust that we are hidden under the Almighty’s wings and will come through this, just as every other trauma and tragedy in our lives.

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    1. Thank you, Holly. Praying that you and yours stay safe too.
      I’m an introverted extrovert πŸ˜› Staying home is not tough for me πŸ˜‰

      My son’s friends have been teasing him as well – he’s a lot like me and only does a small amount of social when his friends come home for holidays. So they’re now all saying, ‘Not fair. You’re not affected because you’ve been in training for the last few years’! HA HA HA HA!
      My daughter is our little socialite πŸ˜‰ As most almost 15 year old girls are πŸ˜‰

      I saw a saying that you just reminded me of : “This too shall pass – hopefully not like a kidney stone” πŸ˜›
      While I see way too much humour in that, I feel that the pain of this all is going to be a bitter pill to swallow. But yes, it WILL pass.

      Please stay safe, and thank you for being the amazing woman you are. Much love ❀

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  5. Good morning Meg,
    I really enjoyed reading your post especially given the humour in it even during these most difficult of times.
    I think that it is really difficult to think about self isolation especially for younger people even though at 55 I have to admit that being on lockdown is something that I am struggling with.
    Life I have to admit I don’t think will ever be the same again for lots of people and worldwide countries will certainly enter recession and many businesses won’t survive.
    We are remaining reasonably upbeat given the situation although trying to get the basics is proving difficult with many people panic buying.

    I hope though that you and your family remain safe and well 😊 and you are all in my thoughts πŸ’­ and πŸ™β€οΈ

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  6. First of all that image cracked me up. Lol, it’s time for them to do likewise. πŸ˜‚

    Geez!. That woman needs some resetting. Really!. At least for the safety of other people. But then our world today just sees “me; me; me” πŸ˜ͺ

    Stay safe and enjoy the baking too. 😊

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