Things here at the Love Shack have been very quiet.
I have been working more. I’m a Nurse and I should be working more. When I took my vow, which is what being a Nurse is, I made a promise and a commitment to take care of those in need. That’s a vow, not just a license.
I have also stepped back from being a Reverend and doing weddings. The Nurse thing comes first. My only exception to doing a wedding was one. Two front line workers, one on the Police Force and one a Nurse wanted to be married, just in case. They respected the five-person limit of gathering and we did a quick wedding with them, me, and their two neighbors.
Husband is laid off with only emergency work being done in his field, which he is on a call doing right now. Besides that, he is doing all the household things I usually do to allow me to work more. He is filling the rest of his time getting to those projects around the house that have been put on the back burner forever and using up those supplies we bought so long ago.
Cottage country is closed. Yes, I hate that. I have been so looking forward to getting back up to open up and seeing everyone. We are allowed day trips in to check on the cottage, but that’s it for right now. So everything at the Love Shack is on hold for now.
Like the rest of the world, our lives are on hold and I believe changed forever. I believe like so many other people, the world we once knew will be a different place than before this Pandemic.
In this time of challenge and tragedy, I have seen so much good. I have seen people pulling together and helping. I have seen people put themselves on the line. The amount of kindness expressed and concern for each other has been amazing to watch.
On the other hand, I have also seen some of the worst cases of selfishness. I have seen those who should come to work not. I have seen people stocking their houses with products that are so desperately needed that they will never need in their lifetime. And sadly others out for no reason, not respecting social distancing.
My co-workers and I had the best laugh yesterday talking about all the buying of clothes on the internet. We’re wondering, where do they plan to wear them?
I stopped in Walmart the other day to buy more scrubs for work. I’m working more and running out of clothes and the laundry was piling up. The cashier and I had a short but pleasant conversation. She said to me. ” Stay safe.” She also saw I was buying scrubs and thanked me for being a Nurse. I thanked her for coming to work. Two strangers both eyes welled up fighting back tears. Tears caused by kind words.
For those of you who are out in the front lines and feel like you have been forgotten in all the thank yous being given. You are not forgotten.
Whether you are staying home to take care of your families, or are respecting social distancing, you are being noticed.
I don’t know if as many say if this is a message from God or Mother Nature saying you stop destroying the earth and I will show you why not to is happening, but I do believe that there is a message here.
I believe that when this ends we will all have had a chance to look at ourselves. We will have a chance to see what is important. And we will all have to stand in front of the man in the mirror and face the good or the bad we have chosen to do during this time.
Not only will your self-respect be on the line, but the respect of those we work with and our families will be there.
This is the time that we across the world will get to know each other better. We see each other’s losses and tragedies. We will learn to help each other more or we will become more selfish than ever.
Those choices remain in the hands of each individual.
I am hoping to be a better me. Who will you be?