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  • Dr. Catherine Florio Pipas

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 2020

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