It's March 30, 2020 and we are curently in the midst of a world epidemic, and have been ordered to stay home. Life has changed drastically for the entire world, in just a few short weeks. What started as an isolated virus in China, has spread across the world, and has done unimaginable damage in China, Italy and the US. Here in Canada, the virus continues to spread, and we see the numbers climb everyday.
For the majority of people, they will recover at home, with symptoms that resemble a cough/cold and pneumonia. For the older folks and immune compromised, however, those people can die and be hospitalized. It's scary how fast this virus has spread.
Businesses have closed. People have been ordered to work from home. Schools are closed, and aren't set to open for at least another month- if that. People have been ordered not to socialize. If you do have to socialize, you are to keep a 6 ft distance from each other, for fear of the virus spreading.
It's hard to believe that life has changed so much. Just 3 weeks ago, we were making plans for March Break, people were planning their trips down South, we were making plans to have neighbours come over for supper. Now we can't have play dates or coffee dates, church is cancelled and only essential stores stay open. All the municipal, provincial and national parks/beaches/trails are closed to the public.
So here we are, 2 weeks into self isolation. We have started a loose form of homeschooling/routine and are spending LOTS of family time together. Somedays are harder than others. It feels overwhelming to think that this could go on for a few more months. School may not reopen this year, and when I start to think that way, it becomes overwhelming. So we are just taking it day by day. Lot's of art and baking. Lot's of walks and board games. Lot's of movies and FaceTime. We do our best to look for the silver linings of these days, and try to remind ourselves that we are fortunate to be safe and warm, and together.
What a time to be living. It's felt unreal at times, where days flow into the next. Where each day feels like groundhog day.
There's not much more to say, other than we are doing what we can to be safe and healthy, and that we hope this will all be a distant memory someday in the not so distant future.
Be well dear friends. Be safe.