My buddy at PhicklePhilly has a great post on his blog site right now and it’s worth reading. The only reason I didn’t reblog, is I wanted to tie in my two cents worth. As some of you may know, my replies can, at times, be quite lengthy. So this is kind of it. The tie in to his story, I mean. All my favorite blog friends know my response can sometimes be a story of their own. What can I say? I’ve lived a long time and lead a rather full, if not colorful life. I like all my blogging friends because they almost always have something that triggers a memory for me into a response of some sort and I hope they don’t mind.
Today, though … This hit home, mostly because of last night. Or, errr, by now the night before or I should say Thursday night?
Excerpt from PP:
“Monday I went to breakfast, wrote, talked with friends and loved ones, had dinner, and watched my shows. I, for once… had nowhere to be.
Tuesday, pretty much the same.
Wednesday, More of that just living and breathing thing. Daughter came home. I was happy to see her. She went to the supermarket and bought a bunch of food. She cooked dinner for the two of us and we actually sat and ate, and chatted like a real family.“
What it triggered is, sure, being house bound sucks in a way, but on the flip side, what a time to get reconnected, to plan and do things you’ve put off doing because you’ve been to busy. Life as we’ve known it has changed and that could be a good thing. Maybe getting back to basics was a long time coming. Sure, for some it’s going to be economically hard, but we are survivors. Americans are survivors.
Most of my siblings and kids are not working right now. I’m not working either. My hubby doesn’t put his foot down about most things, but he did this. As an Uber/Lyft driver, he doesn’t want me out there exposed. Especially since, many of my passengers are generally in the service industry or business people who travel a lot and have contact with a good number of other people; their chances of exposure are exponentially greater. Plus, I am in that at risk age group.
My hubby now works from home, so he’s okay for now, but that could change at any minute. My TX son’s new job got put on hold, so he’s home supervising his kid’s schooling. His wife, a teacher, is out distributing food. My SLC daughter is an RN, so she’s working.
My traveler GA daughter, just got home but even after self quarantining in SLC, won’t be going back to GA to work either. And, possibly, in time, my SLC granddaughter or My SLC son, both in the hotel industry. They are senior enough, but even their work hours have been cut back. What’s worse, is my SLC RN daughter just closed on a home in December! All of which, she shares expenses with the SLC granddaughter and my SLC son, her brother. So, the only one with a decent paycheck is her… for now. Here’s the bunch of them having their last dinner out before the shut downs.
Even so, we are all in good spirits.
I’ve been chatting BS with siblings, keeping up with nephews and my sister and having long chats with the kids.
Because of our normally hectic work schedules, we seldom get to visit all at once or for any length of time, but last night the kids and I had a great time chatting til late. It went like this:
6:50 pm Group Text and try to keep up. lol
Me: The governor just announced a total lock down for the state as of tonight… unless seeing a doctor, needing medicine or groceries. I guess those workers are exempt. But… masks are being distributed.
GA (daughter): thanks for the update.
Me: lol he’s such an idiot… then he lists all the thing you can still do. get food, meds, play outside walk the dog, etc. basically what we’re doing now. He predicted 56% will get it with 20% hospitalized. Ugh! (my thoughts- How about scaring the shit out of us?) He did say to be kind to one another. I told GA, she got out in time.
RN (SLC daughter): Who’s he and where are you…FL or CA?
TX(son): Yikes! I had just landed a new job… now I’m a first grate teacher indefinitely. All schools here are closed, probably for the rest of the year.
Me: CA and FL (nephew) said they’re next, expecting it soon.
RN: OMG TX! That sucks!
TX: I’m ok. Just wish everyone out there would be a little more considerate. I think we were a little too primed by all the apocalyptic entertainment. (laughy face)
RN: lol Hey but we kinda know what to expect in an Apocalypse now!
TX: Yeah… people are starting to buy guns here now because they think they’ll be the next shortage (sad face). I don’t think we’ll EVER have a shortage of guns in TX… or really anywhere in our country.
Me: Yeah, I heard that was happening.
RN: That’s funny, bc I saw a gun store the other day and based on all the shelves at the stores being empty, I actually had a split second thought of… “Hmmm. guns are probably next… should I get one?” But… the next day we had a 5.7 earthquake… so I b like… get the hell out!
Me: I thought that too…
TX: (laugh emoji here) I have a pig with a hard head. I’ll bet he’d fight an intruder for a burrito and his head would probably stop a bullet. If not… bacon??
Me: (laugh emoji) I would think your job secure – You still working RN?
Me: Poor piglet GA mute your phone lol ( she just got off her flight from Amsterdan to LA to SLC, so I knew she was tired)
RN: Hehe… when all you guys are confined to your houses I’ll be able to get in my car and drive straight into the heart of death.. 3 times a week!
TX: He’s not poor, he’s indestructible. (Laugh emoji) He ate a pound of glue and borax with giant pieces of sharp plastic glitter… didn’t even give him indigestion.
Be praying for you RN. Seriously
RN: OMG! Def eat the pig… all I have is a cat and I already warned the family that I’ll eat him if necessary. (oopsy emogi)
Me: Well, when I worked at the health department, I was fitted with a CDC quality face mask specific to me. I’m so glad I kept it!
My cat is sickly and skinny.
TX: It’s all the same after it’s fried. I’m sure that’s an old proverb of the south… probably
Me: And all my neighbors have lost their dogs in the last few month. You’re on a roll TX. (You have to understand, this son is the least communicative of all the kids)
RN: I’ve had a fit test bc we have 4 TB rooms on our unit… meaning negative pressure rooms… so we were slated to have COVID pts… until the earthquake.
I’m fattening mine up.
TX: That sounds pretty serious RN
Definitely need to fatten them up first. Pigs are great for that. Feed them almost anything. They get big fast and they taste great!
Me: No way! Utah has a low COVID rate, so far. Or at least it did.
Better not let the kids hear you!
TX: They can’t hear text (wink emoji) Hunter will pick up on sarcasm from a mile away though.
Me: Well the shelves were bare, so we’ll be eating lost of chili with beans.
RN: Or fried scrawny cat
and so it went. later my other two and grand daughter would chime in with
GD: OMG. I went shopping today again. I’ve spent more on this month then I have ever, honestly. It’s nuts.
TX: Really? Shockingly, there were a lot of frozen pizzas here. Plenty of chips and dip too. Good excuse to eat unhealthy I suppose.
Me: Our butcher meats were all gone.
RN: Right!? And I thought cereal would be all gone
Me: Ice cream still there.
RN: EAT HEALTHY BUY VIT A,D,AND C
TX: The Asian markets were the last hit here. Might be some stigma there. Poor Asians. (Tearful emoji)
RN: don’t drink… hey Ross (her ex) grab me another beer while you’re out there! Ooops
ME: You’re in GJ? (That’s where her ex lives)
GA: RN you can always stop by Larry’s when you’re in GJ and grab one of mine. For free. (She’s referring to her gun broker who was trying to sell some of her guns)
Gun that is … as long as you promise not to aim it at me.
RN: (to TX) Don’t worry about them, they’re usually healthier than any of us. (to GA) A bit risky (to me) yes.
TX: I’m sure they are. Now I have a hankering for kimchi darn it
Me: Love it! Where’s SLC Son?
GA: Haven’t seen the stores yet. Just got to Utah. Not looking forward to tomorrow.
RN: Ga, if you an J come near the house GD will shoot you before I get a chance! (kidding of course) They’re quarantining you guys aren’t they?
SLC son: Like 49 cases, 0 deaths so far (referring to SLC)
Me: Wow! big change from last week.
SLC son: Yeah, well that’s exponential growth for you.
RN: UT quite good, but… really we are just behind the curve
SLC son: Exactly
Me: It seems areas impacted worse are those with large international airports and traffic
SLC son: And we tend to have a pretty compliant population with strong community focus.
And Washington is the worst. I’m convinced it’s their lack of adequate sunlight.
RN: That’s one way to put cult followers ( a series of of emoticons with different expressions of laughing)
Me: (laugh emoji) did I bear comedians? Love it!
Anyway, the ramblings became more nonsensical and crazy but with everyone still somehow knowing which line was directed at them. It was like we were all together with giddy, silly bantering.
After a bit more and some in between, (I didn’t put it all in) we signed off.
While this was going on, my siblings and I were also enjoying some communications along with a separate one with my nephew in Florida. We may be in different states but with technology we can still keep in touch and with COVID-19 it was like we were in a room all together, talking over each other as families tend to do and which hasn’t happened in a long time. It’s all good.
States represented last night were
(2) Texas, (1) Colorado, (3) Utah, (4) California, (1) Florida, (1) Georgia, (1)Arizona and (1)Oregon
Like PhicklePhilly says: It can be a good time.
Keep the faith. Be productive.
Stay positive, Stay safe and yes, Be Kind. It’s a good time to reconnect with family and friends.
My TX son just said, National Guard is coming in. He’s thinking they’re getting ready for a lock down. Interesting. I hadn’t heard that anywhere else. I mean about the National Guard. Oh well, it is Texas.