Can we still talk about COVID? Do you feel as if COVID has been the focus of our lives for too long? Did u decide you would live life as normal as possible?
Well, I did too (but from the comfort and safety of my home). I decided I would indulge in the occasional manicure and allow service people in the house for the repairs that have been adding up. I even toyed with the idea of getting together for a social distancing team building event with my team, and everything seemed ok. No one was sick and, I was scheduling social time -- getting my nails done and even engaging in small talk (from 6 feet apart). I did this for about a month.
Then Christmas morning, no call from MJ’s dad. I wondered, why wouldn’t he call her for Christmas? At least to confirm that he was on his way and would be here soon? My mind was racing, but I still gave it little importance, thinking well hmmm, “his loss”.
After several hours of opening gifts, I checked email and there it is an email from dad, Subject: “EMERGENCY”. I immediately open the email and see: “POSITIVE” in red letters next to dad’s name, today’s date and the word SARS. These are the only words I could see as I asked myself one million questions.
Was MJ with dad while he was sick?
How long has he been sick?
Is MJ sick?
Will MJ get sick?
Will MJ get sick?
Will I get sick?
Will the rest of the house get sick?
If we did get sick, can we all survive it?
And immediately my Merry Christmas went from joyous-- because this year, MJ can sit up and open her own gifts (and enjoy it) to feeling like this would be our last Christmas.
I waited a few weeks to post this because I wasn’t sure what would happen. I am so happy to say that we dodged a bullet this time. I have vowed to be more careful and to talk to my friends and family more. Not only because I love them all, but also because I want to stop and smell the s*** that we have been living in the past year, up until recent events because I’m smelling it with the people I love and how they understand why they haven’t seen me in almost a year.
Gratitude, I have experienced the biggest reason to be grateful. I promised myself to never take that for granted.
Cheers to my friends and family who settle for FaceTime and Wine instead of begging me to meet them for Brunch.