I am off from my part time job today so what will I do? Started the day with Bible study, will write this blog and work on a new book I am writing. Tomorrow will be more of the same with chores added in. Sunday I will attend our church online and rest. I have two zoom meetings each week which helps me figure out what day it is. Anyone else having that problem?
On April 21 Georgia’s governor announced that businesses with close contact can reopen on May 24 and restaurants can have guests come inside and eat on Monday, April 27th. Previously, it was takeout only. The stay at home order is in effect until April 30th and until May 13th for senior citizens and the medically fragile. Which means that we are only to go out for essentials such as food and medicines. I guess hair salons, bowling alleys and other similar businesses are now essential.
Many people have not taken this crisis seriously anyway. I have shaken my head as I watched protestors gathered in large groups, standing close together and most without masks. Obviously, they are not concerned about contracting or giving the disease to others.
We do need the economy back up again and I feel badly for small businesses and their workers. Yet, the cases in our county continue to rise. As of today, we have 25 cases and 2 deaths. We are a small area in comparison to Atlanta, but it was several weeks into the crisis before we had a case. So, it appears we are now in the middle of the virus spreading.
I have a mask that I wear when I need to buy supplies or go by the office to pick up work, but it appears that those of us in masks are the minority. I was in the grocery store and realized that when someone spoke to me, they could not tell if I was smiling back at them. That was weird. I usually see someone I know so hopefully they know I am smiling behind the mask. It is pink with yellow and green pineapples, so it does not appear to be threatening.
This is a difficult time in our country, and it involves all of us. No one is exempt from the possibility of catching the virus or from spreading it to others. God bless the frontline workers. Medical, supply stores, garbage pickup, mail delivery, law enforcement, fire and rescue, volunteers, and everyone else who is risking their lives for the rest of us.
Let us also not forget the domestic violence, sexual assault programs and crisis line workers. They are also essential as domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse cases go up during a crisis.
The governor’s order will not change what I am already doing. I will continue to stay home, venture out to buy supplies, occasionally buy takeout but will not dine in. Work my part time job from home. You know, the new usual. I do need my hair trimmed, but not ready to go and get it done. I may make an appointment for some time in June.
My prayer is that everyone maintains their physical and mental health. If you need help coping, please call someone or a crisis line. As for me, I will continue to shelter with the Lord.