A Moment in My Life – Monday, November 16, 2020
I was surprised to see a car parked in front of my house on Saturday because 99% of the time, nobody parks in front of my house. It’s an unspoken rule that nobody parks in front of my house. Just kidding. Seriously, though, nobody parks in front of our house unless they were desperate. I don’t know why, but that’s how it is. People tend not to park at the curve of a circle for some reason. My house is on that curve. When a car parks out front, I notice and become curious why they are parked there. When I looked out my front window, I was astounded at all the cars lining my street, indicating that a neighbor was having a party, and they didn’t invite me. The nerve! Just kidding again.
Since the Pandemic began, I haven’t seen that many cars on my street. On Father’s Day weekend, there were a few more cars than usual. What was this weekend, though, that prompt a gathering at my neighbor’s house? One of my Facebook friends said her neighbor was holding a wedding reception at their home. The guests at my neighbor’s house weren’t dressed up or bearing gifts adding to this gathering mystery.
It didn’t matter what the reason was for this get-together; I was stunned by it considering the Covid-19 numbers are rising, which called for the dialing back from the reopening of businesses. I thought people would be more vigilant and postpone these types of events for a while, but that’s just me.
I get it that over seven months of hibernation, people being the social beings we are, are getting cabin fever, tired of being cooped up and isolated from human interactions in the flesh. They miss hanging out with people and unwinding at their favorite hangout spots. They want to travel and getaway. I miss doing things with my friends, too. I miss dining and chatting with my friends at a restaurant for hours on end. I miss movies with my BFFs.
I miss all those everyday things that people do before the Pandemic, but I know we need to stay vigilant to beat this thing. Life goes on in the interim. People have babies, get married, attend funerals, and celebrate other events that happen while we are sheltered in place. For now, this is our reality. Although we are climbing the walls, want this virus to be over, miss living freely without PPE, and fear being near another human for too long, we will never kick the virus off this earth if we give in to our desires now. So, seeing people gather together for whatever reason concerns me, and I hope that they follow social distancing guidelines and enjoy themselves without adding to the problem.
There was a news flash a moment ago that said, “As coronavirus cases hit new records, governors are bringing back severe lockdowns and restrictions before the holidays.” Ugh. We’re going the wrong way! This is what happens when we let our guard down. It will get worse if we don’t restrict our exposures willingly. We got to hang in there, be vigilant and disciplined a while longer—for as long as it takes. We can do this! That’s all I have to say. I know I’m preaching to the choir. I need some air. I’m going to take VPea for a spin on the freeway for 20 minutes to keep her battery charged and be out in the world, socially speaking.