Blog Series: The New Normal with COVID19 Shelter in Place (days 6-8)


It has been a few days since my last post. We are now officially, “Shelter in Place,” as of this past Saturday, March 21, 2020 which started at 5:00 pm. We all got through the weekend okay, but I did hear of many who flocked to the grocery stores to stock up on food once again…

Most grocery stories are closing an hour or two earlier for cleaning and stocking. Walmart is no longer open 24 hours a day and closes at 8:30 pm. (or 8pm ? I can’t remember)… Our local grocery store is closing an hour early as well.

This past Sunday, we had our first online church service. Our pastor did a wonderful job with the video. It was almost like being there – just without the people… Although our church has been doing its best to stay connected with others through social media, texting groups and our pastor goes live on Facebook every evening at 9:30 pm.

One great thing our local community has started doing is putting hearts on the windows of their homes. It is a message to the outside world to let everyone know they are being thought of and that we are all connected during this “Shelter in Place,” as we try to fight COVID19.

City streets have gone quiet and almost deserted in places such as New York City and Chicago. Tonight in the news, now 16 states are on lock-down – which is about 43% of the United States… States are beginning to run out of personal protection equipment and hospital beds. Some Wal-Marts in area are offering their parking lots to be COVID19 drive through testing areas.

With the chance of anyone carrying this disease, people have almost become afraid of one another… We retreat to our homes every evening. Some go to work during the day if they are in what is known as an “essential business.” Afterward, they go home. Other work in areas that had to shut down and now, they stay at home. Parents are having to home-school their children. Some people are trying to find creative ways to still talk to each other though – mostly through the Internet and technology- whether is be through video chat or some type of instant messenger or texting on the phone.

Colleges are beginning to cancel their graduations. There is talks about postponing the Summer Olympics. Those who pass away are having to schedule celebration of life services at a later date, because only groups of 10 or less people can gather.

I had a personal experience a few days ago when I was on a walk in our park. A very beautiful golden retriever came up to me so that I could pet him. He very solemnly put his head down in front of me and allowed me to pet him. His walker had one of those retractable leashes. His walker also did not say hello and he hurried up and backed as far away from me as he could. I understand the social distancing thing, but it was a very awkward experience.

It’s hard to believe this is only the first week of our “Shelter in Place.” Our world has changed so much in just a matter of weeks. I feel like Christmas and New Year’s were years ago…

I try not to worry too much each night, because I know stress is not good for your health. I do things to stay busy such as writing, doing things for work , cooking new meals or playing with my cats. I may eventually get back into my jewelry making and art to hopefully further my worries out of my mind.

Being immune compromised since I have diabetes, fibromyalgia and asthma, this new disease could really make me sick. The scary thing is, it could potentially take my life. I have been taking precautions as necessary. My doctor today informed to stay out of as many public places as possible. I now only go to work in our church office and then come home. I go out on walks for exercise. I am no longer going into grocery stores or any public place. My world has gotten increasingly smaller and I have contact with very few people. But it is for the best. I have almost come to terms with this is just how it will be for awhile, but I worry about my friends and family every day too.

One other worry we have are the shelves in our grocery stores. They are having trouble keeping up with stock. At the very beginning of this, once the Governor and president declared emergencies, the majority of people began to stock-pile food, for fear they wouldn’t get to buy food or leave their home. All of that stock-piling has created a chain reaction and now it is playing catch up. Hopefully one day, the shelves will be full again… Some days, I feel like many of us are now playing the survival game. Thankfully, we still have some food, but we are trying to stay ahead so we don’t run out.

These last three days have been interesting. I’ve been trying to adjust to this new normal and be as calm as possible. Work helps keep me busy.

I did have an interesting dream the other night though. In my dream, all of the kids in our town were lined up and down all the streets. They were all kneeling and praying. Cars were slowly driving by…… It was quite a scene…

So … these were our first days in Shelter in Place. March 24… until end of day April 7. Then they will re-evaluate. But the virus has really overtaken so many countries and it still is shaking the United States to its core…

Many of us have to remember to stay positive and just live day to day. All we can do is make sure we keep clean hands, use social distancing (6 feet apart from one another) and stay home as much as possible….

One day – we will have normalcy once again.

Published by Ariana R. Cherry

“Within the depths of our mind, we are battling the duel of light and darkness…good and evil…love and hate…” Between Light and Darkness is Ariana’s most recent collection of poetry… Cherry’s frequent message she delivers throughout her work is, “The journey through the darkness, back into the light.” Her hope is to let others know that they won’t be in that place of darkness for long – that they indeed can reach the light once again…She also wants her readers to know – that – it is okay if they find themselves in that bleak blackness…Sometimes we feel guilty for going to that dark place – but it is necessary to conquer the demons that battle our souls…. Other books that Cherry has written include "Only If" and "Twisted Paths Poetry." Her epic tale, “Only If,” won the “Reader’s Favorite Award” and a 5 star review…and her collection, “Twisted Paths Poetry,” received a 5 star review from Realistic Poetry International. She has been writing ever since she was a child. Some of her inspirations include Edgar Allen Poe, Robert Frost, Stephen King, Emily Dickinson, Christopher Pike and Shel Silverstein. Ariana writes a variety of genres: inspirational, humorous and horror – although writing horror is one of her favorites…. She was 12 years old when she read Poe for the very first time – which inspired her epic poetry tale, “Only If.“ During other parts of her free time, she enjoys taking photos and creating art. Her “day-jobs” include working as a church administrative aide and reporting for a local newspaper.

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