How to define this day….is it the beginning or the end? Fifty days of staying in place thanks to the threat of contracting Covid19 is a long time. As days passed, they became easier as one blended into another and it didn’t matter whether it was Saturday or Wednesday! Thankfully, I found many ways to stay busy which made being away from friends and family bearable.
Now things are changing as malls and restaurants in Houston are gradually reopening. Funny but that makes me more anxious as there is still so much mystery surrounding coronavirus. Until seeing what happens as people reclaim their freedom, I’m going to continue staying close to home.
So what is there to remember about the last 50 days? Most striking were the cars that stayed parked on neighborhood streets resulting in quiet and little or no traffic.
More people were on the streets carefully maintaining social distance. Whether passing one another or stopping to chat, there was a friendliness that is sometimes missing when everyone is in a hurry.
Particularly impressive was increased activity among family members. It brought a smile as I passed families walking, riding bicycles, tossing balls together as it reminded me of earlier days in the neighborhood.
Have a birthday? No problem as celebrations were held in yards with guests carefully maintaining their distance. There was a certain gaiety at such happenings.
Speaking of birthdays, how could you not get a giggle out of this? I wondered if the now legal young person had some regret about not being able to celebrate with friends.
What was especially noticeable was the extra trash stacked on curbs. Luckily, public works personnel were on the job and they’ve definitely earned their pay in recent weeks!
Forty-six of 50 nights we had dinner prepared at home. Cooking with what was on hand was really quite fun.
The 4 nights we ordered out were a real treat. Restaurants are continuing to offer takeout as an option to dining in, and I’m more comfortable with that at the moment.
While these 50 days have been a test, there is much for which I am grateful, health being at the top of the list. Who knows what happens next, but I can’t imagine things returning to normal any time soon as there currently is no way of knowing just how deep the impact of this deadly virus is. Thinking about that and how many lives are challenged brings with it a deep sadness which makes thinking about the positives all the more important.