The wannabe archival librarian in me wants to take a moment to document the weirdness during this time of COVID-19--the social distancing, changes in behavior and mood, communications from work and retailers, the ways in which we are working (or not)--in our household.
Social distancing--My husband and I are pretty much keeping to ourselves at home. We are checking in with family and friends by phone, chatting with neighbors as we see each other collecting mail, and only shopping when we need something (though truth be told, I spent a little extra time, and a bit more extra money, at WalMart the other day, happy to be out and about!). Our college son has opted to stay in his apartment for the time being; campus cafeterias are still running, classes are going online, and he is filling in his free time playing "Animal Planet" with his sister and brother-in-law, who live in Japan.
Behavior/ mood--We're pretty realistic in our home, not prone to fear or panic unless the experts indicate otherwise. Since our family and friends are all healthy at the moment, we are only worried about them staying healthy--and they are all taking the appropriate measures to do so, which alleviates much of our worry. I was definitely more aware of my actions when I went to WalMart for the first time since this began. Do I dare sniffle? Is it safe to browse through clothes on hangers, touching each item to find the right size? Did I or didn't I just touch my face? I also took advantage of using the restroom there (a bit more toilet paper saved at home!) and yes, washed my hands thoroughly, used a paper towel to open the door.
I finally started listening to music again, reading books just for fun, planning creative activities, so my mood is lifting a bit. Not joyful, but I'm coming out of the fog/ funk I've been feeling this past week. Chatting with friends and family on the phone has helped!
Work--My husband is going to work each weekday in his machining shop, but the boss is making sure they are stocked with hand sanitizer and cleaning wipes. Our school district sent out plans to cover the next two weeks of furlough, and my principal is sending out campus-specific plans, so those bases are covered for now. I've got a list going of what I need to pick up this week from my library and what tasks I can do from home, passing along any information I'm given from library services to my teachers.
Retailers--I shop a bit (okay, too much) online, and my inbox is full of emails from retailers who are letting customers know how their businesses are being affected by COVID-19. Most are shuttering brick-and-mortar stores for the time being, assuring us that their employees are still getting paid. A few have even begun to shut down their online sales, to keep manufacturing employees safe. Most of these emails I've received are coming from clothing sites, and heaven knows I've got more than enough clothes for this and many more lifetimes to come. I'm taking this as a sign that my birthday month of spending needed to come to an end.
So there's our past week of weirdness. Thanks to Kevin Hodgson for the inspiration to document what our corner of the world is looking like these days.