Saturday, March 28, 2020

Prenez La Vie Comme Elle Vient~


     Yep, it's been quite a while since I've written.  At least, here on Sadie's Gathering.

     What better time, than now?

    All, is good for the most part.  Albeit a tad crazy.  

     With everything that's going on right now, since many do not know what to make of COVID-19; much less, being quarantined, out of work, schools closed, maintaining social distances; it's a whole new world. 

In a way, we're like Adam and Eve. 

On the bright side...

heard China's pollution may be down. 

And in Venice, (Italy) the water in their canals is apparently more clear, as opposed to cloudy and murky.

     Even so, no matter what seems to be the brighter consequences of this newly discovered coronavirus, doesn't erase the tragedy of the lives lost to COVID-19.  

With each day comes new information.  

     Some of the information is pertinent to treating those who are afflicted with the virus.  Some of the information just hints to what the future may or may not hold.  Some of the information confirms beliefs that we have long held.  Some of the information enlightens us to new knowledge.

     After all I've read and heard, I do not believe we will ever see this coronavirus disappear, dissipate, or vanish.  I'm not very hopeful as to someone finding a cure or a vaccine.  I mean, nobody in my 52 years has yet to find a cure for the common cold, so...

     Years ago, I heard a saying, an old wives tale if you will, (I've always wondered, who that old wife was?  And what exactly was her age?) "to starve a cold (or fever) and feed a fever (or cold)."  To this day, I cannot tell you which is which.  

     I will say, to keep me grounded, I check in regularly with WHO.  Here's their link to their Q&A on the COVID-19,  if you are unfamiliar with the World Health Organization. 

     The World Health Organization came into being in 1948, and their priority:
     WHO, as the directing and coordinating authority on international health within the United Nations system, adheres to the UN values of integrity, professionalism and respect for diversity. 

The values of the WHO workforce furthermore reflect the principles of human rights, universality and equity established in WHO’s Constitution as well as the ethical standards of the Organization. 

These values are inspired by the WHO vision of a world in which all peoples attain the highest possible level of health, and our mission to promote health, keep the world safe and serve the vulnerable, with measurable impact for people at country level. We are individually and collectively committed to put these values into practice.

     I check with WHO,  because it's not political.  I check it every couple of days for new numbers, new info, etc., then go about the rest of my day.  I trust, I will be notified when we're to get back to life as before, or rather, our new normal.  If I listen to news on TV, I end up rolling my eyes and getting irritated.  When you're spending 24/7 on lockdown with your loved ones, who are hopefully your favorite people; still, I get enough of eye rolling and irritation.  

     To me, the quarantine/lockdown, is the way to keep all the people in their own space.  If people get sick while they're in their space, hopefully it doesn't turn too serious, they can treat it, as one treats the flu, ride it out until it's done.  If you're well, you stay well, and don't stand the chance of catching the virus, and either get sick/and or pass it on.  So stay in your space. 
     For the majority of us, whether it be a month or a year; we will be afforded the luxury of looking back to this time.  I'm curious as to what we will have learned from each of our histories.  Or herstories for that matter.  But that's for another post, so for now...

     In the past couple of weeks, there have been things that help me keep a positive or at least somewhat positive outlook.

 Started with the Italian Grandma video:

     Amidst schools being closed, both my husband's and my places of employment enduring changes, ie. shut down... so each day, I find, there is relative boredom.

     Prior to this time, occasionally one of my daughters would gripe about being bored, to which I'd always tell her, that being bored was a luxury.  Now that's come back to bite me in the bum. 

     I initially thought with extra time off from my job as a bartender, that I would have the time to write more, to do more work on the novel that I started writing more than four years ago.  I've done a little bit. But now that I'm in quarantine with my family, while I can write on my laptop anywhere, in the house, I'm still in a house amidst the quibbling of two teen daughters and all else that goes on in a family that is forced to be together, in close quarters, 24 hours a day, for, well... we'll see. 

     So, that got me thinking about all the possible revelations we"ll discover during this time.  

     All of a sudden you are around your family for the entirety of the whole 24 hours a day, each day, every day.

     So, it's a great time to catch up.  To find out what's on your kid's mind.  However, as the saying goes, don't ask questions you're not prepared to have answered.

     If you're married or living with someone, this is probably the most time the two of you have spent together in a while.  I've chatted with friends (via phone or while chatting six or more feet apart) and we've come to the conclusion that due to the lockdown, there may be a new baby boom within a year.

Or a surge in the divorce rate. 

Guess there could be both. 

If by chance you live alone, do exactly what you want to do, whenever you want to do it, however you want to do it.  You will be envied by many. 

     When considering those who are single, married, divorced, or on the brink of divorce, widowed, I think there's a plethora of romantic comedies waiting to be written.  Or maybe just comedies. 

     While we muddle through, here are a few things that have helped me pass the days and even sometimes make them enjoyable:

     ~Play music.  Whether you're cooking, cleaning, playing games, doing your taxes, or whatevah.  Think of it as your soundtrack.  Classical, jazz, pop, retro, rock, heavy metal, blue grass, country, blues, rap, reggae, the options are aplenty!

     ~Now's a great time to play games that take up more time than you usually can spare.  IE: Scrabble or Monopoly.  Teach your kids, (or have them teach you) card games. 

     ~Have actual family meals.  Whether or not you eat the same thing... give it a go, or two. 

     ~Cook together.  

     ~Look through old photos.  Reminisce.
     ~Gather up shtuff you want to throw away; give away; sell. 

     ~Projects on the home.  Renovating... tearing down... smashing... no judging.  To judge I'd have to be within 6 feet.

     ~Re-read books you enjoyed.  Or finally read that book.
     ~Start a journal.  Your thoughts on this time; funny things that happen, ideas that spark and thoughts, that you know if said, would have repercussions.

     ~Catch up on movies or shows, binge watching or watch an old classic, like Casablanca or The Godfather.   Maybe a horror flick if that's your cup of tea.  We're planning on binging Monty Python.  

     Independence Day may be a good movie to watch.  Because just as in that, right now the world needs to put aside their differences, and realize there's more at stake than our opinions.  We all bleed red.  Because of all our different backgrounds, if we got together and shared our knowledge, discussed ideas, facts, thoughts, dreams, we could solve so many of the world's problems.  Just a thought. 

     ~Then I'll end with this:

     Today I went to COSTCO to buy a bag of food for my dog, because I knew I wouldn't find toilet paper to buy.  Already in line, a woman behind me asked me if I had a dog.  I stared at her, (those who know me will imagine my gaze)... I mean why else would I be buying dog food, right?  So on impulse I told her no, I don't have a dog, that I was starting the dog food diet again, though I probably shouldn't considering I ended up in the hospital the last time, but I did lose 15 pounds!  I told her that it was the perfect diet - that all you had to do is carry the kibbles in your pockets, eat one or two every time you feel hungry (I have to mention that practically everyone in line was interested in my story). Frightened, the woman asked me if I ended up in the hospital because the dog food had poisoned me.  I answered of course not! I was admitted because I bent down to smell the ass of a bulldog and was hit by a truck 😂😂😂
I thought the man behind her was going to have a heart attack from laughing too hard!
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Now that you have read this, I have to confess, Someone else made this up to make you smile. It's your turn to copy/paste it; make someone else laugh.
We need to laugh more! Have a GREAT DAY!

Got that last note from a friend on Facebook the other day, and both my husband and I lost it! 


Adds color to the good times, and gets you through the bad.

We'll make it through.  Have a great, safe, fun, healthy day!

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