Today is April 26, 2020, and I haven’t left my house since March 13, 2020. It’s been six weeks and so much has changed within that time frame. The week before March 13, I spend days gathering things that I thought I would need. That’s because I had a feeling that we should be prepared just in case the virus was more serious than we were being told.
I stocked up on frozen foods, canned goods, paper products. A few weeks before all of this escalated, I’d done some landscaping at properties, but I bought a few additional bags of mulch, as well. While thinking about landscaping, I considered the long-term that if there was a food chain issue in the future, I wanted to be prepared. So, I purchased lots of seeds as well.
After that, I started looking for suppliers for essentials, like beans, dry goods, granola, paper products, gardening supplies, alcohol wipes, hand sanitizer, and face masks. I had to do some research on the food products, but a friend sent me links to Ali Express. I ordered all of the products that the states couldn’t keep on the shelves directly from China, which had a lead time of about a month. Now that we are in April, those products started to arrive, and I was happy I ordered them.
I am very lucky that I’ve always had the forethought to think well ahead in situations. I am additionally very blessed that I had the resources to plan and order what was needed.
On March 13, I was started to get very concerned about how this plague was starting to unfold. I’d planned to go out to dinner with a friend, and I almost changed my mind but, something told me to go. I am so happy I went because that was the last time I left my home beyond just to do some landscaping at my house.
I had no idea that would be the last day of one of my “life’s norms.” Life has become a surreal mishmash of weirdness. I literally feel like we are living in a world that is a mixture of House of Cards, Scandal, The Hunger Games, and The Purge. I don’t know that we will ever return to what some would call the norm.
March ended with the growth of the virus to pandemic proportions. With these six weeks, New York has become the epicenter of the virus, with people being hospitalized and dying at a rate that no one has ever heard of beyond a history book.
I hope if we ever get through this, I hope we have safety nets in place that will offset the horrific outcome that is unfolding now. I additionally hope we have leaders in place who are willing to fight for the lives of ALL people living in this country instead of what is unfolding now.
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