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Another day “living la vida loca”. Yesterday morning I went to the giant Whole Foods grocery store to shop for myself and my brother’s family. There was a line to get in when I got there at 8:30 a.m., mostly because a number of cashiers had called in sick and they didn’t want the lines to pay to get long, so they weren’t letting that many people into the store, even though it is a HUGE store.
When I got to the front of the line, I told the security guard that because I was wearing the face mask she couldn’t see that I was smiling at her. But she said she could tell by my eyes. She was wearing a mask, too, and I could tell she was smiling, also. It was a sweet moment. My mask is actually a head covering that I’m now using as a mask, because it’s the closest thing I have to a mask.
When I got to the cashier to check-out and pay for my groceries, I had such a deep sense of gratitude for her and all the others working in the store. I thanked the woman and said, “Thank you for being here so I could buy food for my family.” And I started to cry. I am so deeply touched and grateful for all the people who are making personal sacrifices so that some of us can have the basics, even if the basics include things like potato chips and yogurt.
I understand that some people are bored staying at home.
Some people are inconvenienced and annoyed by the quarantine.
Others aren’t abiding by it all.
Others think that wearing masks are stupid and unnecessary.
I’ve heard it all.
What I feel is immense gratitude.
I feel safe and protected.
I feel grateful that my family is safe and so are most of my friends.
I am SO grateful for the people who are working so hard to keep the rest of us alive and safe.
I am so aware that many are intensely challenged right now, and I’m praying more than ever that people can find Peace in the midst of this experience.
I know there are many thousands of people who are going through a very difficult time, so we need to extend them Love and compassion and do all that we can for them.
This is a time for all of us to pitch in.
I’ve got friends who’ve had their businesses shut down.
Friends who can’t work because they’re home sick.
They’re homeschooling their kids, so they can’t pick up extra work because they have to be home with their children. So, I’m sending them care packages of food and toys for the children to play with.
What can you do for folks to help them out in their time of need?
Have you got a sewing machine? Maybe you could make masks or you could pay for a seamstress in your town to do it.
It’s not about protecting yourself so much as protecting others. I’ve already had friends who were infected, but asymptomatic and didn’t know it, walking around infecting loved ones. We really do need to all behave as if we’re infected and asymptomatic, at least when we’re outside our home.
One funny note. When I was at the grocery store shopping, I was looking at my list and my brother’s list on my phone but my facial recognition software on my iPhone wouldn’t recognize me with the mask on, so I kept having to put in my password. I had to laugh about it!