I realize the name of this blog is “Humor Columnist;” however, some things are funny and some are not. So far I’ve avoided writing about the virus, but I’ve written a short piece about my personal experience with current events for another publication and thought I would share it with you here. Maybe you can relate — maybe not.
Life has become a science-fiction reality show. Suddenly, there is no church, no shopping, no senior center, no anything. Life continues, but I lose track of the days of the week. Anxiety makes it difficult to sleep, I lay awake until daylight and sleep until noon.
After a while small projects run out and boredom set in. I reinvent home cooking, but I am afraid of my own groceries. I stay at home and don’t go out except when absolutely necessary. As Leonard Pitts, my favorite columnist, wrote, “I will not die of stupid.”
It is hard to keep sadness away when there is too much time to spend thinking.
I appreciate little things, flowers blooming, birds at the feeder, scampering squirrels. I am thankful for grocery clerks, healthcare workers, the mailman, even the garbage collectors. I worry about people who have lost jobs, cannot pay rent, or are sick and have no health insurance. I pray that no one I know personally will contract the virus.
On TV news I watch protesters rioting in the streets, risking their very life during a pandemic. I feel helpless, but try to stay informed, donate to social causes, sign petitions, and post support online. I am thankful for my friends on social media, who laugh and cry with me, and for my partner who keeps loneliness away.
I am angry with those who do not seem to take the virus seriously. So many do not show personal responsibility, do not wear face masks or maintain social distance. I am especially angry with political leaders who show lack of leadership and endanger others.
People are dying who don’t need to die.
I am growing old. This is not how I planned to spend my declining years, but life is what is. The vacation I had to cancel does not seem important in the overall scheme of things. Some day this craziness we are living will be over. I try to count blessings instead of troubles and wait for a better day.
Copyright 2020 Sheila Moss
Comments are always welcome. Maybe you are affected in a different way, but I think everyone has been affected in some way.