Someday, people will say, “Remember that coronavirus deal in 2020?”
Some people won’t remember the details because they didn’t actually record them. Some will remember the angry opinions of extremists on one side or other of the issue. Others will remember the deaths of loved ones. Some may remember that they never saw anyone sick.
I just like to remember what happened in my corner of the world. So I hereby make a diary entry, which I will try to keep entirely objective and free of opinions, other than recording what I see and hear. Thankfully, none of my details involve a serious illness of anyone close to me, for which I am grateful.
March 16, 2020, Monday
5:15 am – Half awake, I read a re-tweet from a friend as follows, before getting on the treadmill:
“One way to think about social distancing is that to contribute to a great national cause in World War II you had to, like, die face down in the muck on some tiny pacific island, now you can literally stay at home, watch the sopranos or that Netflix dating show and be a hero. ”Matthew Zeitlin (the original tweeter)
7:25 – Walking to the Electric Brew to have coffee with Sarah. Walked across 3rd Street against the walk signal because no cars are coming.
7:30 – Arrive at Electric Brew. Three customers total in the building. Signs on the floor reminding people to leave distance between each other because “Corona Sucks.” Signs on the table say: Practice Social Distancing. Practice Self/other care. Interventions include: 6 feet from other people. Only TWO chairs per table, PLEASE!
7:45 – Sarah on the phone with the owner of the cafe where she works, trying to decide if they will be staying open. Ohio, Illinois, and Michigan have closed restaurants to dining in.
8:00 – Sarah receives an email stating that Oasis Chorale practice is canceled. She dialogues with her sister, also endowed with musical talents, about this new cancellation.
8:30 – Katrina on the phone with Teen Challenge (a local Christian rehab) about a needy neighbor who Marnell and Katrina have been trying to get into the program. Teen Challenge may not be accepting any new admissions due to the coronavirus, the intake coordinator explains.
8:45 – More customers coming in. A man at the counter explodes, stating passionately that the coronavirus is a construction of governments trying to control their subjects and is way less potent than the flu. The cashier hears him out, agreeing occasionally.
8:50 – Katrina texts Marnell with the news about Teen Challenge possibly not accepting new people.
9:00 – Marnell says, “What! … Surely … Someway ….” (We’ve been working with this case for what seems like a long time.)
9:40 – Sarah talks about signing up for something in 2021, but says she might not be alive then. Or did Katrina say that?
10:00 – Katrina’s computer runs out of battery and she heads home. More cars present now.
Help me out With My Coronavirus Diary- And You Could Win a Prize That Will Help You Pass The Time
What are you seeing or hearing about the virus in your neck of the woods? Leave a comment or photo on this post (Facebook or on the blog) of something you SAW or HEARD, with an approximate time you saw it or heard it. (Personal opinions will be deleted unless you are quoting someone you saw or heard. Not saying you shouldn’t have opinions, just that they are not relevant to this post.)
I’ll pick a name out of the comments to win a book from Marnell’s Choice Books days called Word Searches for Kids. It’s a cute little Bible Word Search book that will help your family pass the time if your school is closed, or if you test positive and have to stay home. Inside the book, you will see “The Last Supper” (shaped like a cup and bread) and “A Night with the Lions” (shaped like the head of a lion), among others.
Thankfully, I can mail it to the winner, since the US Postal Service seems to still be in operation. Sorry, but I think I will restrict it to winners in the United States. CHANGE: Entries accepted through Tuesday, March 17. I will be working and unable to mail the prize anyway. Thank you for your interesting perspectives!
All the best physical and psychological health to you and yours!