As many of us continue to deal with the daily effects of staying indoors, some of us are starting to come to sobering conclusions. Families in my small town are now starting to pack up and move. With this area being the epicenter of COVID-19 we are now hearing of friends preparing to make moves that will change the map of our children’s lives.
Today my daughter informed me that one of her friends would now be relocating to another state due to the virus. A few minutes later he called and was crying about the upcoming move which will take place in hours. When you think about this virus you do not think about the permanent damage it is going to do to our neighborhoods. We think about the shelter-in-place order and how everyone will hopefully stay put and make it out alive in the next few months.
Pause for a second, what does it even mean to deal with something in 2020 that could hinder our ability to make it out alive? That’s the new world we live in. We live in a world that is looking like something out of a dystopian novel. I do not think many of us understand the full scope of the devastation that COVID-19 will send through our neighborhoods. Not only is it hurting people physically, but it is also wrecking relationships for those who rely very dearly on their peers.
While we understand that our children cannot go over and hang out with their friends at this moment, most of us, are at least telling them that they will be able to see them once this ordeal ends. However, what happens when it ends and their friends have already relocated due to the financial burdens?
Within a 10 to 35 mile radius, we have seen COVID-19 kill at least one school principal and enter into our drive through establishments. Two restaurants had to temporarily close due to employees having the virus and now it has started to show up in my husband’s working arena. While, I am happy that he now works from home three days a week, I still fear for his safety the other two days with COVID-19 having such a firm grasp within his industry. He is essential so there’s nothing we can do, but follow CDC guidelines to the best of our ability. If you are like me and you have a family made of up essential workers, the fear is real.
So, keep that in mind as we go through the next few weeks. We are in this together and no matter the situation, we will get through this one way or the other. I cannot promise that our neighborhoods will not come out of this without scar tissue. In many cases, the aftermath will be visible, but we are still one. Keep compassion flowing because our spirit is stronger than this virus.
Side Note Of the Day. We were reading Nextdoor and noticed a post from a family that works in the medical community. Please be mindful and remember that shelter-in-place means children cannot be hanging out with their pals.