THIS NEW NORMAL

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A day in the life during the COVID 19 pandemic

Submitted: March 23, 2020

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Submitted: March 23, 2020

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THIS NEW NORMAL

By John Ross Hart

 

Hello!Are you at home?How is life treating you?Did you watch President Trump today?Do you have enough food and medicine?Do you have enough toilet paper?Are you bored?

Welcome to the new normal, compliments of a virus come to life after being dormant for centuries.We never expected COVID 19.We certainly weren't prepared.The only medicine available is staying isolated in our own homes.

That is easier said than done.I love my home, love what we have both inside and out.We don't have the latest gadgets and our furniture shows some wear.But we have a TV, a PC, and of course we have our phones.  We have hot water and cold water, and all the appliances work.We also have to battle weeds, cockroaches, spiders, and scorpions.But it's home.

However, spending all your time at home is eventually going to drive you "stir crazy,"no matter how much you love home sweet home.

You are going to have to get out eventually.Having a refrigerator and pantry that reproduces just does not exist.And toilet paper does not last forever.

So, each of us is going to have to venture out into this dangerous world.I had to wash some towels and blankets.No problem except...we were out of detergent.  It's also prime allergy season.I was out of nose spray.

I had to make a trek to the nearby supermarket. I wash my hands, grab some gloves, grab a paper mask, bring along some disinfectant wipes, get in the car and take my chances.

I also need gas.Unless you live in Oregon, attendants no longer pump your gas.You do it yourself.So does everybody else.After you swipe your card, you clean the buttons with your wipes before entering your code.Once approved, you give the pump handle a complete cleaning with additional wipes.Then you pump your gas.For protection, you pass on getting a receipt.

I now proceed to the local supermarket with gloves on hand and facemask across nose and mouth.Once I have a basket, I give it a good scrub with one of the store's disinfectant wipes.I also clean my gloves.Now, I can go shopping.

No socializing at the store today.Fortunately, I don't know anybody.I'm keeping my distance.Now is it six feet or eight feet?

I immediately get the detergent and nasal spray with no problems.Nobody else around.Maybe I also need to keep my distance from stinky clothes and allergy sufferers.Come to think of it, I'm an allergy sufferer!

Priorities are in the basket.What else do we need?Lunch meat and cheese.There is little selection of lunch meat.You have a choice of beef or ham.No salami.No turkey.No hot dogs.What is available costs more.But we need it.Fortunately, large blocks of sharp cheddar cheese are available.Lunches are covered.

We don't need soap.There is none to be found anyway.We have enough toilet paper.It's a good thing.The store has none.You can never have enough canned food, but there is no soup, no chili, not even a can of beefaroni.I do find a bottle of spring water and grab it.There is no shortage of vegetables.I pick out a nice head of lettuce.

There is a line at self check-out.Not a good sign.All those hands and fingers all over the counter.I go to a normal check-out.There is no line and the clerk is happy to see me.The cost is more than usual but I have what we need.Unfortunately, the store has run out of game cards.No chance to win $10,000, a vacation home, or groceries for the year.Does it matter?

I head for home.I wipe down the plastic bags, wipe the gloves, then start putting the groceries away.I take off my mask and take a seat in my favorite chair, rewarding myself with a Milky Way bar.

On the baseball channel, a classic game from the past is being played.At least it's baseball.I check my e-mails and Facebook.I avoid the news.Things are bad enough.The candy bar is just what I need.More important, I am content in the fact I won't need to go out for the next several days.

Now what do I do?Well, there are some weeds that need to be pulled.

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© Copyright 2020 John Ross Hart. All rights reserved.

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