(Lynda, Millie, Roxy 2018)
A favorite: Millie & Roxy—cute & happy; natural, perfect lighting; me, dressed for a change.
And it’s Thanksgiving 2018. The turkey is in the oven, we’re expecting a crowd, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade is on TV. All is well.
I needed a pic & perk like this.
You see, the other day I would have a meltdown after venturing out.
Grocery store: No one is wearing a mask! (!!) A lady gets too close to me in line. I ask her to back up. She says “I know what the rules are because I work here.” Hello!? Where are your gloves, your mask, your respect for social distancing?
Doctor’s office: I see four other patients file through the waiting room. Not one of them is wearing a mask or gloves. Workers are forced to give those patients masks and insist they put them on.
The Library: The library has just opened for pick-up only. It was an easier-than-expected process. I pull up and stay in my car, give workers my card number. They then assign me to park near a numbered table in the parking lot. The books are placed on the table in a bag with my name on it. It’s really easy and well organized. I’m grateful I got my books but I miss going “in” to the library to peruse the isles. So, still.. sad.
Everything is scary, annoying & oh, so different.
Home Sweet, Home
Later at home, I see a commercial for Macy’s. It starts with the Thanksgiving Day parade—the big turkey balloon hovers over the beautiful, crowded streets of Manhattan where people are laughing and packed on the sides of the streets.
I burst into tears. Seeing that enduringly sweet image was the last straw after a stressful day out and about during this pandemic.
And I’m not even essential personnel. My heart goes out to those on the front lines—nurses, doctors, first responders, grocery store workers and more.
I then talk over what I’m feeling with Kevin, my hubby. That helps—it always does. Kevin always has comforting things to say. A good night’s sleep also helped.
Listen we all have our moments. Times when this just seems unreal and too much to handle. The best thing we can do it let it out. Talk with a friend, partner, anyone. It will help.
And these memories—like mine on Thanksgiving with Millie and Roxy at my side? Chances are we’re all experiencing flashbacks like these. So, remember, those good times, holidays & parties? They will be back. But we need to be patient and continue to stay home & healthy. That way we’re ready to go when the invitations start coming in again!
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