RANDOM THOUGHTS ON THE COVID-19 WAR   6 comments

AND I DO MEAN RANDOM 

MORNNG:  I woke up at 6:30 a.m. in my nice, cozy, safe bedroom. Leaving the embracing covers in a tangled mess, I headed for the bathroom. There I plugged in my cell phone, my lifeline to the outside world, not wondering if the power would work. Of course it would; It always does.

In my shower I didn’t worry whether the water would stay warm – almost hot – the way I like it. It always does. As I massaged my head with my favorite and diminishing shampoo I pondered whether my hair dresser would be able to deliver or ship the kind I always use. If not, I’d order on line and have it delivered.

I wondered about my hair dresser. Will she and her husband be OK with their business closed for the duration? How about the people who work for them? How about the friends who will have to postpone coloring their hair? I’m glad I went gray way back when I realized my artificial blonde left me looking yellow all over. I remembered my friend in Connecticut years ago who colored her hair a delightful almost white ash blonde. When she finally decided to go natural she discovered – guess what! – it came in exactly the color she’d been paying for.

WHAT WOULD NICK SPOONER BE DOING IF HE WERE STILL ALIVE? How would he be supporting himself. No people leaving restaurants and bars late at night needing a ride home in his limo. No one like me seeking rides to appointments in the daytime. I’m quite sure he’d be happy to shelter in place, appreciating nature and enjoying his cats. He would probably be tuning up his limo, trading off parts from relics. But how would he eat? Pay his rent?

Can it be that all I’m asked to do as my part in this war is stay in my apartment and enjoy the amenities of life? Including food delivery? And TV? And my computer? And my phone? And my books – even Kindle?

Like all I had to do back when I was a pre-teen and Pearl Harbor was attacked? Keep the black shades drawn at night. Wear rayon stockings instead of silk. Crush used aluminum cans for use in the war effort. Save to buy War Bonds. Help count ration stamps. Walk instead of ride.

HEY FOLKS.C’MON. IF THAT’S ALL WE’RE ASKED TO DO, JUST STAY HOME AND, WHEN WE ABSOLUTELY MUST GO OUT, STAY SIX FEET APART. IS THAT ASKING TOO MUCH?

YEAH, RIGHT! EASY FOR ME TO SAY. And that’s just my point. Think of the people who can’t –the people who don’t have the home, the electricity, the heat, the warm shower, even maybe the clean water. Think of the folks on the front lines, not even sure from day to day if they’ve been shot with that invisible weapon, and, if they have, whether they’re taking the weapon home with them to attack their family. Think of the warriors with insufficient weaponry to fight the enemy – and insufficient armor with which to protect themselves.

AND ALL I’M ASKED TO DO IS STAY HOME AND KEEP MY DISTANCE?

NOT LIKE WWII. The fleet was destroyed at Pearl Harbor and overnight the “home front” converged to create the weaponry, people power, and protections that were needed. What’s holding us back now? I guess we’re slowly learning that war has changed. Now it’s invisible attackers sent from no particular enemy in no particular location with no particular ax to grind.

Maybe the old fight or flight response to the attacking tiger won’t work. Maybe the survival of the fittest doesn’t need a war stance against someone. Maybe it needs mobilizing our energies for cooperation to save us all. Maybe the energy should be geared to keeping HUMANITY, not just me and my loved ones, alive and functioning. Ironically, we’re all in this together, so we need to stay far apart. No wonder we’re confused.

WE WHO ARE NOT ON THE FRONT LINES ARE ASKED SO LITTLE. STAY IN AND, WHEN YOU ABSOLUTELY MUST GO OUT, STAY SIX FEET APART. IS THAT ASKING TOO MUCH?

 

 

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6 responses to “RANDOM THOUGHTS ON THE COVID-19 WAR

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  1. I just wrote to Doug telling him the Early music workshop in Whitewater, the first weekend in June, had been cancelled. I will truly miss his company riding with him to and from Whitewater.

    Thank you, your e mails have been wonderful, the pieces from your book, your essays, and the inspiring ideas you and your house mates have for companionship.

    Stay well and positive!! Lois Scorgie

    • So good to hear from you. I’m so sorry you and Doug will miss your workshop and companionship on the way. I know it’s hard for him to miss his usual busy list of activities, and I assume it’s the same for you. Someday we will look back on this as a time of major change –and gain — in our lives.

  2. Something that we have and all are thinking about directly or indirectly as we go about our day to day now. How different it all is yet the same. The things that wiegh on my mind and heart while working at the care facility is the emotional well being of the residents who have not seen thier loved ones. Thier family members, dear friends lnot the least of all the volunteers that they have grown to count on seeing– unconsciously not realizing how much they emotionally depend on them. It is all blank now for them. Even the daily activities are different, sitting from thier room doorways listening to the facilitator 10 feet away with a smalll powered microphone, no more one on one manicures, baking class, painting with wine all together sitting around a collective and nurturing setting, just a foot or two apart like usual. And it is not at all like they are not compromised in body and spirit already, the mere fact as to why they are living there gives precedence to the lack of control and fullfillment that is ever present in thier lives. It’s these souls that I hurt for and with that I pray that I can be more patient, more gentle, and somehow make more time for them…we are thier thier secondary lifeline to the outside world besides the the talking heads on Television and the likes of Fox news. That alone in itself reveals to me how hoards of people can be turned, duped and made to believe anything. It is indeed a scary time–a precipace of what next.

    • Oh Ellis, thanks for this. Such a moving report from the front lines. I pray that all of you there stay safe. I don’t know which section you work in, but I can picture if from the days when I recovered there after my accident in 2015.

  3. I am so moved by this, Mona. It helps me breathe out. And accept what you suggest.

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