Good morning Everyone. How are you doing? The shelter-in-place lockdown continues in Suffolk County Long Island. Schools are closed, and only essential businesses are opened. I am in awe of the healthcare workers on the front lines of the COVID19 crisis. Although my household and family have thankfully been well and following the orders, the weather has been cold and wet, exasperating the cooped up feelings. There is just so much cleaning and organizing I want to tackle. Pour yourself a cup of coffee. Let’s catch up.
If we were having coffee together, I would tell you that I miss my COVID-19 pre-life. I miss seeing people, going to the store without a mask and a game plan, looking before I touch, and not touching, God forbid, my itchy eyes (pollen season is about to bloom). All efforts are making headway. The exploding numbers are decreasing in the area, and hospitals are discharging more than admitting patients. It will be slow yet steady progress so long as EVERYONE cooperates and remains patient and smart.
If we were having coffee, I would announce that I’ve discovered the power of Zoom. We had a successful family Zoom session with 18 boxes talking at the same time. I made up Earth Day BINGO boards and sent them via email to the grandkids, nephews, and nieces. We played on Wednesday via Zoom. It was fun but deteriorated quickly when the toddlers in the room started to climb and dance on the tables. I was also able to Zoom a cocktail half-hour with beach pals.
If we were having coffee together, I would report that my parents remain in Florida. We are hoping they can fly home at the end of May. They are being good by following the rules, but it is getting tedious, and it is spring. My sisters and I are taking care of my mom’s gardens. We need to tend to the roses and hydrangeas and pull the dandelions and chickweed.
If we were having coffee together, I would mention news on the writing front. Blogging A-Z is near the end. I have had some helpful feedback on the Journal On! prompts for school-age children. I am planning on streamlining it and preparing a package for teachers. In the meantime, Daily Bread went to an editor. It’s happening.
That’s it, folks. Have a blessed day and make the week great. Be safe. Be smart.
Antoinette Truglio Martin is the author of Hug Everyone You Know: A Year of Community, Courage, and Cancer. The memoir is a wimpy patient’s journey through her first year of breast cancer treatment.