Like pretty much everyone, we are under the shadow of the COVID-19 virus. We are fine here, but we are following the recommendations to stay at home as much as is possible, limit contact with other people, washing hands, and practicing social distancing. I know it’s what has to be done, but it all feels kind of strange, doesn’t it?
It’s one of those things that as a weird sort of juxtapositioning, at least for me. I know this virus is serious. People are getting sick in astounding numbers, all over the world. People are dying. People are staying home from work, school, and social events. Many things are being cancelled or postponed. And yet, it a strange sort of way, it almost feels as if it isn’t real. I personally haven’t come in close contact with the virus. My family, including my 92 year old mother and in-laws in their 80s, are fine. It’s surreal in a way.
But right on top of that, is the very real sense of- well, I’m not sure what it is. Fear? A little, sure. Anxiety? I think we all have that as a companion, at least some of the time. There’s not really any panic, at least not yet. I think it’s more a sense of imbalance. I feel off somehow, as if something is wrong and I can’t quite put my finger on it.
Well, to be honest, something is wrong. What’s going on out there beyond the closed doors of everyone’s houses is maybe not quite an apocalypse, but it sure ain’t normal. Schools, businesses, and restaurants are closed. Others have reduced hours. People are working from home who wouldn’t otherwise, including the BaldMan. When you do have to go out to get food or prescription medicines or other necessities, people are shopping wearing gloves and masks. I didn’t use the mask, but I did wear gloves myself when I went to the grocery. Things are stranger than they have been in a long time.
And there is also the effect this has on individual people. Not just the sick and those close to them, but lots of others, too. I tend to be on the more practical side, and while I am not panicked, there are moments of anxiety. But many are much more anxious, and if you are one of those, it’s okay. We are living through a so not normal time and that’s going to affect everyone in some way. We need to help each other, even if we can’t do it with a hug or a long talk over lunch or dinner. I think this is the time for social media to shine. Keep in touch. Post a picture of that first crocus of spring you saw on your (solo) walk yesterday. Chat with your best friend online or on the phone. Email the people you are thinking about. We may not be able to have a real life meeting, but we can be there for each other anyway. We will get through this. It will end. Until then, it’s our togetherness that will help us all find our way through what can feel like a fog that has settled over all our lives.
Be well. Stay home as much as you possibly can. Wash your hands. We’re in this together.
The Demon’s in the Details, the third story in my urban fantasy series the Yo-Yo Files is now available.
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