A few hours ago, I geared up (face mask & gloves) and I left my house headed to grab a few items that I needed from the store. COVID-19 has not only cleared the road, but the shelves inside all of our favorite grocery stores, pharmacies and convenience stores are completely scarce. It feels like a real ghost town. No Lysol. No hand sanitizer. Limited bottled water and some of us are using paper towels for tissue… IF you can find that. You’ve probably realized that you’re far more resourceful than you’d thought. All in all, if you are blessed to have good health, all of those things are completely manageable. You’re blessed. At this point, you know the drill.
- Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds.
- Wash your A– (clears throat) Take a shower after going outside of the house.
- Cough/Sneeze into the fold of your arm.
- 6 feet people!
- DON’T TOUCH YOUR FACE!
- Stay your A–(clears throat AGAIN) Don’t leave the house unless you HAVE TO. Disclaimer: Everyone’s “have to” is different.
- Sanitize frequently used surfaces
But, back to my story!
Within the first five minutes of walking into the store, I met a guy down the cleaning products aisle. Both of us were looking for bleach. There was no bleach. As we stood there looking at the same empty shelf that typically houses this item, we shared the same sigh which led to a 10-minute muffled conversation between strangers (both of us wearing a mask, gloves and maintaining a 6ft. distance between us.) He is from New York, but Florida is now his home. However, he has a daughter in the medical field and an elderly mother who both reside in New York. I almost burst into tears speaking to this man. I felt the pain and the hopelessness he felt through his welling eyes. Damn. That was tough. He said, “I’m thankful that I’m not there, but to know that I can’t even get to my mother or my daughter, hurts. It really hurts.” I told him that the best thing he could do for either of them right now is to pray. I told him that I too would say a special prayer for them all. We departed with a, “Stay safe and God bless.”
There are so many unsung heroes in the world. I’d like to add all of the people who have chosen to adhere to shelter in place orders, which are currently in effect, to that list. When we think of heroes, we think of the people that are saving the world in the most apparent ways. You know the healthcare professionals, members of the military, government officials, logistics/service workers (Lyft drivers, Uber Drivers, UPS, FedEx, USPS, Insta Cart staff, the people who ring your items up, stock the shelves, wipe the carts down, etc.) and EVERYONE who is in some way serving on the “front line.” Thank God for them!
I guess I never really stopped to think about the people who are exercising restraint during this difficult time. With so many people refusing to take quarantining and social distancing seriously, I just want to acknowledge this man and everyone else who finds themselves battling the decision to stay home or be with someone you love. He could have risked his life and the lives of so many others in order to get to his mother and his daughter, but he didn’t. There are so many more of us who have chosen not to rush to get to our loved ones during this time. Those critical decisions have made it easier for essential workers to be able to move about as they need to, in order to help combat this pandemic.
It is in the collective efforts that we will get ahead of COVID-19. To all of the parents (like myself) who are struggling daily to fill the shoes of our valued educators of the world, we’ve got this! One day at a time! One complicated math technique at a time. One child at a time. Whatever part you are playing in this entire scenario whether it’s on the “front line” or it’s behind the safety of your front doors, I THANK YOU. I will continue to pray for us all. Stay healthy.