Today I'm doing something different. This will be a documentary style collage in an effort to depict what is happening globally. When the pandemic fears started to creep into the media a couple weeks ago, I decided to continue on with my daily routine, refusing to buy into the toilet paper hoarding hysteria. This week, restaurants, bars, movie theaters, and gyms have closed down. All my husband's business meetings were canceled. My dad's doctor appointments were all canceled. Many in my circle are having to work from home, and I'm thankful they are able to do that. Others are not so fortunate. With Louisiana already struggling economically, I pray businesses will survive.
Because I didn't buy into the hype initially, I am actually running low on supplies. Thanks to the hoarders, there's not a roll of toilet paper to be had in this town. I guess if worse comes to worst, baby wipes or rags will have to do. I have to say, I'm thinking about having bidets installed. Thankfully, I have friends that have offered toilet paper if we run out. I mean, I can't believe I even typed that out!
Every store I went into is addressing this virus. Many retail stores have even shuttered temporarily. Employees are busy wiping down handles and carts. Store shelves are bare. I had to go to three stores to find dried red beans and the ones I ended up with (Hi Nabor's brand) look awfully puny. But we'll survive.
Confession: I'm a bit of a germaphobe. Everyone who knows me knows this. It's not a severe case or debilitating; it doesn't keep me from doing things I want to do. But I have to say that this virus has me checking and rechecking my behavior. I'm using elbows or the back of my hand to push buttons. I don't touch my face. If I get an itch, I try to use my shoulder. For the first time ever, I wore gloves out in public and felt pretty stupid. In my defense, I have eczema on my hands, so they're usually cracked and peeling. I don't know how this virus behaves and if it can get through my cracked skin there's no telling what can happen. I'm not taking any chances.
We're used to being prepared for hurricanes here in Louisiana. This? This is not something we can track or know when or how it will end up. And it's ruining businesses and lives. However, one thing I have noticed: everyone seems more kind and patient. We're all dealing with the same craziness which puts us all on the same level, I guess. Our steely American grit and resolve, along with our Christian values (most of us), will see us through.
I've driven all over town today gathering supplies that we may or may not need and I'm tired. So I'll just end with a bible verse:
"Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful." Colossians 3:15
All images taken with iPhone 11 Pro Max
Collage depicts Whole Foods coffee area closed, bare shelves,
Whole Foods bulk bins covered and protected,
out of stock notice, employee wiping down freezer handles,
me driving with protective gloves.