When the Coronavirus scare has passed, all of us will have a story about our experience. For most of us, it has meant staying put, distancing ourselves from all that is a normal part of daily routines.
For me, it is Day 7 of not venturing outside the house except to take a daily walk and make one run to a restaurant for takeout. It was that outing that brought it all home. There was virtually no traffic on what are usually congested Houston streets. The Village, a popular shopping and eating venue that for all the years I have lived close by has been so busy that it’s hard to find a parking place, was desolate. No cars. No people. No shops open. Restaurants dark except for the ones daring to stay open for takeout. For a moment my eyes burned with tears as I realized the seriousness of what is going on not only here but worldwide.
I cannot begin to fathom the ultimate impact of this pandemic. Without question, businesses will close leaving tens of thousands of people without work. Left and right, folks have cancelled travel plans choosing to stay home which is going to dramatically effect those places so dependent on tourism to say nothing about the airlines and cruise lines that make it possible to experience travel. The list of what has been made vulnerable goes on and on, and there is no way of knowing the ultimate outcome.
What is so different about this situation is that we don’t know how to help one another. That is quite different from chaos caused by a natural disaster. Then we lend helping hands in so many ways. Now, because of the need to stay apart, the ability to assist someone in need is greatly reduced. The hubby and I have touched base with folks we know to be alone to see if they are OK, and that’s about all we can do. Were we to learn of a desperate need, we would do whatever possible to fulfill it.
Helpless does not begin to describe how I am feeling right now as what has become the new normal does not feel normal at all. Hopefully, social distancing does not extend for weeks as we are not at our best without time with friends and family. Whatever the situation I plan to stay positive and hope that foodstuffs in the pantry lend themselves to some creative cooking!
Wherever you are, stay safe and where there is opportunity to lend a helping hand, do so.