Have you seen the Lori Lightfoot memes?
“You are incredibly safe to go out.”
I made a trip out yestersday to pick up a dozen chocolate-chip cookies from a local coffee shop/restaurant. They closed last week, but this week they offered order-ahead-and-pick-up pastries and quarts of frozen soup. It’s on the honor system; brown bags of product are labeled and on a sheltered table outside the door, and payment goes into a slot-top box inside a table-top trash can. The bag of cookies is marinating on the porch until it is safe to bring inside, probably tomorrow. The only other thing I touched was the flag on our mailbox. For everything else I used the sleeve on my coat (and washed my hands thoroughly when I got home.) Instead of going to the drive-up window at the bank I mailed in deposits for two of the entities I am treasurer of. First time for that.
We are one of only eleven counties out of forty-two that have no confirmed cases of coronavirus/COVID-19. There was one unconfirmed case, a farmer in the southern part of the county who quarantined at home and has since recovered. The lack of cases is another benefit of living in the boonies. Just a matter of time, though…
This was posted by my friend Jeff:
I just saw another version of that graph that included alcohol and toilet paper – both lines soaring off the top of the chart. Seemed accurate.
Thanks for putting these smile-worthy posts together, Kathy. I appreciate the humor and thank you for sharing! XO
Thanks for bringing some smiles into my life each day. You are an essential worker.
Good to have humour when we can about these circumstances, I was particularly affected by the quote from the Indian doctor who rightly said the virus was spread by those wealthy enough to travel around the world. Yet it is also the case that most Indians (who live in cities) are crowded together, with no room for 6 feet spaces between one another, no running clean water for frequent hand washing, no hand sanitizer, no masks and little ability to be able to afford to stay at home. My government has given people $2,000 per month for the next 4 months so they can stay home and bailout packages for businesses to keep people employed at 75% of their wages while they stay home. Here we chomp at the bit at the need to stay home to stay well, whereas they do not have a choice. We have so much to be grateful for and to understand that even in this world pandemic, the population of the first world nations continues to be privileged, and among this population economic privilege also continues to have some influence, though not altogether as the virus has infected an heir to a kingly throne, a prime minister of a country, many health ministers around the world, the wife of my prime minister, the brother of the mayor of New York, John Prime, a songwriter, movie stars, sports idols and people from every walk of life. But when it hits India, Bangladesh and African countries in full force, it will decimate populations of the earth. While we scramble for more ventilators and PPE, and the Indian peasant workers make their way by foot to their villages. Many will die of starvation before they die of the virus. We are focused on the crises of our own countries in our own dire nee right now, and there is little attention left over for those less privileged. I pray for them in this time of need. Our entire world is feeling waves of anxiety, fear, worry, grief, loss, pain, isolation and loneliness. Let us be as united as we can as a species, beyond borders, beyond finances to aid in what way we can.
There’s a lot to unpack in this post (both serious and silly; thank you for that) but I keep going back to the cookies. Yum. I hope that coffee shop hangs in there, it sounds like they’re doing good things for their community.
Tom and the dog on the cabinet… ohmygosh… LOL