A Hundred Day Reflection

 

Today marks the hundredth day of my family’s lockdown - but who’s counting?

  • In just 100 hundred days our nation has changed dramatically

  • In just 100 hundred days over 2 million individuals have been infected with one virus

  • In just 100 hundred days over 130,000 have died in the US alone

  • In just 100 hundred days household terms now include: “pandemic”, “COVID”, “sheltering at home”, “lockdown”, “social distancing” and “BYOM” (Bring Your Own Mask)


Prior to Saint Patty’s Day, March 17th, 2020, I couldn’t have imagined…

  •   Schools, libraries, gyms, restaurants all “closed till further notice”

  •   Grocery stores with “one-way” aisles and no TP or pasta

  •   Fines for not wearing a mask in public

  •   On-line doctors, groceries, teachers and even babysitters?

  •   Dinner at home every night with my family

  •   A slower paced world with time for self-care

  •   An opportunity to help others by avoiding them

  •   A cleaner environment and lower carbon emission

As I reflect on what’s absent, what’s gained and what lies ahead, I miss…

  •  Teaching a classroom full of learners,

   but love being a learner myself on zoom and other online platforms

  •   Travel, conferences and time with colleagues

   but love my home, daily walks in the woods, and connection to close friends

  •   A strong WIFI connection,

   but love quiet time to read, write and play card games

  •   My favorite local Italian restaurant,

   but love growing a garden, cooking at home and meals with family

  •   The exciting “do it all” culture  

   but love the slowing of time and replenishing of my soul

  •   Our face to face community spirit

   but love the free services and show of encouragement for each other on line

  •   Driving to and supporting local business

   but love the clear skies and decluttering of my life

  •   The fast-paced past; filled with personal freedoms and unlimited opportunities

   but hopeful for a peaceful future; prioritizing personal health and community wellbeing

Catherine Florio Pipas
June 24th, 2020

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