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Carol H Tucker

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March 3rd 2021

Today is the 4th day of the 9th week, the 3rd day of the 3rd month, the 62nd day of 2021 [with 303 days remaining], and: 
  • 33 Flavors Day - In 1945, Irvine "Irv" Robbins opened Snowbird Ice Cream in Glendale, California.
  • Canadian Bacon Day
  • I Want You to be Happy Day
  • International Ear Care Day
  • National Anthem Day
  • National Cold Cuts Day
  • National Breakfast Day
  • National Moscow Mule Day
  • National Mulled Wine Day
  • National Soup it Forward Day
  • Peach Blossom Day
  • Simplify Your Life Day
  • Stop Bad Service Day
  • Talk in Third Person Day
  • TB-303 Appreciation Day
  • What if Cats and Dogs had Opposable Thumbs Day
  • World Birth Defects Day
  • World Hearing Awareness Day
  • World Maths Day
  • World Wildlife Day
Quote of the day:
"I’d once been like that, so lonely that I craved further loneliness. Even after I’d made a few friends in college, I would still go out of my way to create whatever conditions I needed that might allow me to be alone."
~ Yaa Gyasi, Transcendent Kingdom

Much has been written about the impact of the pandemic on individuals and how we have come to redefine everyday life.  One year ago, our company went on a hybrid of work from home and work in the office.  No more than two of us would be in the office at the same time, and as Montgomery County started shutting things down, bossman gave us each a letter that stated unequivocally we were all essential personnel that had to have “physical access to loan operating systems” in order to serve our customers, and throughout the year, at least one person has been in the office every single day.  Not me, as at my age, with both diabetes and high blood pressure, I was the most vulnerable.  I haven’t been back since I walked out the door on March 31st.    In fact?  In the past year, I have been exactly five places:  my daughter’s [once we decided on a mutual bubble in the fall], to the vet’s 3X, to the pharmacy 5X for medication, to the eye doc 2X when I broke my glasses, and to get my hair done.  Now I am scheduled to get the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine on the 10th, which means by my birthday in April, I should be able to be out and about again.

Altho I never thought of myself as an introvert, but after a year of being home alone and only interacting with people on a very limited basis, I find the thought of being around others intimidating and rather stressful.  So many folks refuse to even wear a mask or keep their distance!  I’ll wear one anyway of course –  just in case.  But how will I deal with strangers?  What will I say?  How will I cope with them talking to me, or touching surfaces I touch, with sharing my space and maybe even brushing up against me?  Imagining it makes me wince and flinch.  When will I feel comfortable again going into a store just to shop, or get in a plane to travel?  I’m over 70 now, what if this is my new reality?


Will I choose to remain isolated?
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