Hey, You...Get Off of My Cloud!
If you do, "I Will Survive" (and you will too)
But if you get too close "I'll Fly Away!"
(Sorry....just a little "beer virus" humor!)
Isolation is for the birds….well, guess that’s not true. They seem to be flying around rather freely these days! Sure wish I could. I am doing my best to stay away from as many people as possible, not only so that I will be following the rules set up by my local and state governments; but also because it’s the best thing for my health since I have asthma. I want to protect myself and my family as much as possible, but it sure is hard not to get out and see people. I did go out to the cemetery for a few minutes, but I wasn’t worried about anyone there giving me those evil germs. So…what have I been doing while in
One of my least favorite jobs….cleaning out flower beds. We are planning on relandscaping some areas but won’t be able to get the plants until after all this craziness is over. By then it might be winter!
HOMESCHOOLING. One grandchild is in 10th grade and the other is in 8th, and let me tell you….what is being taught these days is soooooo much harder than when I was in school. In fact, I’m not sure I would have ever graduated if I had to do all that they do. I mean, I know we learned about cells but I’m pretty sure we didn’t have to learn the names and definitions of all the
hundreds zillion different cells swimming around in our bodies.
I have a Master’s degree but sometimes I honestly have no idea about some of the things they are learning. I am helping them when possible (and they both have called on me a few times these past two weeks), but doing school online can be very difficult when you are used to having a teacher and the structure of a classroom. My grandchildren are hanging in there, but I know many children don’t have anyone at home directing their path and keeping them focused. Please pray for them...and for their teachers who truly care.
I have organized closets (color coordinated), cleaned out cabinets, and found dust bunnies I didn’t even know I had. Guess there are at least a few positive outcomes of this devil's handiwork.
Another positive outcome has been that in many homes, parents are spending more time with their children than they are normally able to. Have you seen the new game going around…the one that pulls parent and child together as they travail their town looking for TEDDY BEARS in windows, behind trees, or hiding in bushes? We are doing it in our little town and one friend recently reported finding over 235!!!! But it’s not only fun for the young, because two “oldies” whose name I won’t mention jumped on
Of course, I’m reading, doing crosswords, walking in the neighborhood (keeping my distance from any other walkers), and finishing up some projects that have been on the back burner for awhile. Things like cleaning out my computer files and favorites, making out menus, and going through
mountains a few recipes I’ve
collected. If only I could get to Wal-Mart
to pick up some spray paint, I would be painting up a storm! I am not a “sitter”….I have to constantly be
doing something. I am beginning to
understand how those poor animals in cages at the zoo feel☹
One negative of this whole situation is that by staying home I am doing way too much of this…..
and none of this.
I’ve hidden the bathroom scales for now!!!!!
Another positive in all this sadness and fear is that GOD still knows how to put on His spring nature show. The azaleas and dogwoods are blooming and so I get to enjoy those as I walk the neighborhood. And once again a sweet little cardinal couple is building their nest in the candlier on our front porch. If the mean old cats or some other unwelcome visitor doesn’t bother them, we will get to enjoy waiting for the eggs to hatch and then watching mama and daddy feed their little ones. Definitely something to look forward to!
I am 70 years
old young and so I don’t have any memories of
the Great Depression or WWI or II. I do
remember having those drills in school during the Cold War where we had to dive
under our desks when the alarm was sounded…and I remember my neighbor digging
this HUGE hole in his backyard that I was hoping was going to be a neighborhood
swimming pool but instead was a fallout shelter. (This worried me tremendously…thinking that
if the worst happened his family would be safe inside that shelter while my
family was annihilated!) But other than
that (which turned out to be nothing) I have never seen or really even imagined
anything like what we are going through today.
I can’t help but ask, "Is this God's wake-up call for all of us?" I am so tired of seeing and hearing people
from our highest government to my local community argue, put down each other,
and just be plain mean. I’m not trying
to say I know what God is up to, but I am praying that maybe, just maybe, at
least some of our world will now appreciate the blessings we have and learn to
live in love and peace with all people.
I pray that you and your family and friends are safe and well, and I ask that you pray for my family and me too. WE CAN GET THROUGH THIS TOGETHER... if we just love one another, care for one another, and PRAY PRAY PRAY! Keep washing those hands and distancing yourself….go clean out some closets and find some dust bunnies to sweep away. This too shall pass.