It was a year ago this week that everything changed, an anniversary I’m sure many of you are acutely aware of. It was a year ago tomorrow that we closed the library . . . for a deep cleaning over the weekend . . . and didn’t open the doors to the public again until August. There are lessons from this past year that I’m still learning, changes that I’m still adjusting to, awareness around issues that I’m still unpacking. For today, though, I have 3 things distinctly remember about those early pandemic days.
- How few cars were on the road. I remember driving to the library about a week after we closed so that I could do some paperwork and the roads were just . . . empty . . . while every driveway I passed was full of cars. It felt like everyone was just at home.
- How my small circle of friends created a grocery story chat group. We didn’t really plan for this to happen but we all just started texting each other any time one of us ventured to the store to get supplies. We’d ask, what do you need? and then try and get it. Truthfully, Dale and I probably benefitted the most from this as our friends regularly dropped off milk. Otherwise I got very good at planning meals ahead and stocking up on non-perishables.
- How much I missed Jackie and worried that he would forget us. I really struggled with this, thinking that all the work I had put into my relationship with him was going to fall by the wayside without regular visits. Dale reassured me it wouldn’t happen and eventually we got Facebook portals and Facetimed with him and it helped me a lot to cope. I went from Friday, March 13th until Wednesday, May 13th without seeing him in person. When Dale was hit by the car it changed everything and our social distancing went right out the window because I needed all the help I could get at that point.
Are there things that have stuck with you from one year ago? I’d love to hear about them in the comments.
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