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Good morning friends! How are you? How was your holiday weekend? Did you celebrate the long weekend with a bbq, time at the beach, did you see friends and family? The weather was not very nice here so it was easy to stay inside and read, relax and a cookout.
We are on Phase 1 reopening so there is not much open, I did go to the dentist, and my husband went to get his hair cut. We wore masks and gloves, I obviously took mine off while getting my teeth cleaned. The stores are a mix of masked and unmasked people and oddly there are empty isles, almost no cleaning supplies, a few 4 packs of toilet paper, no tissue, or paper towels. The meat sections are sparse and I see a lot of strange brands that I have never seen before on the shelves.
The summer weather is starting to make an appearance, the heat and humidity are on the way. The locals are venturing out to the beaches, but the tourists have yet to arrive. There are signs of good will and “congratulations graduate” on many lawns in the neighborhood, everything from kindergarten to college. Last week I watched my cousin graduate from medical school on Zoom and after it was over I found myself shedding a few tears for her and all of the others that have worked so hard and found their celebrations dampened by the times.
Life seems to be getting back to “normal” and yet it seems so odd somedays. I don’t know how to describe it but I feel as if I am living between two worlds, I am in limbo and yet I am not. Life is restarting and yet it’s not. People are happy and yet many are grieving. They are grieving not only their friends, family and others that have passed from the disease but also missed funerals, weddings, proms, graduations, vacations, sporting events, jobs: small insignificant events and big ones as well.
Life as we knew it is over and I am finding it hard to navigate. I am outraged that we have been sheltering in place for months and the minute they open a few states people run out with no masks, and no regard for all that we have sacrificed, they are piled upon one anther at the parks, pools, beaches and anywhere they can.
I am in awe at the staggering number of children that are starving, 12 million kids in the richest country in the world live in households without enough food. And 30-40% of the food in America is wasted!
I have known about food waste for years and have been researching ways to help. I have donated money to some of the organizations that are doing their best to help with both situations but this pandemic has made me realize that I need to do more.
How are you doing? Are you happy to see the gradual reopening of your state? Have you celebrated any graduations, weddings or other occasions in a new way? Are you happy, sad, mourning the old days? Is there anything you learned during the time at home that you were surprised by? Something about yourself, others, a skill or something else? What are you most grateful for? Please share your thoughts, I would like to hear them.
I hope that you have a safe and a great day.