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Isolation And Humans

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

I am one of those weird humans who actually enjoys alone-time. I am, at heart, pretty danged antisocial....

At first, the quarantine was odd, because my morning walks made it feel like I was walking through the apocalypse in some areas (spoooooky!) At the same time, I do enjoy having the time to work on my yard, or to bake, or to sit and read a book. So in many ways, after the adjustment, this part was not that difficult for me. I was pretty dadgum ok being at home with my also introverted teenager. I didn't have to "people". I didn't have to pretend to be a social human. I could just enjoy it.

As time has gone on, and we have the option to be back in the office (without feeling like a criminal for being up here), there are days I truly miss that quiet time. Many people in my office are not back full time, due to their own health issues. I am here, at times because of a sense of obligation to our students, at other times, because I actually truly do enjoy my job.

Lately I find, I kind of almost miss socializing (who said that?!). I still am not particularly fond of huge bunches of people, and have sooo little desire to do that. (WHY AREN'T YOU WEARING A MASK RIGHT?!)

We lost my dad to the stupid virus in July. He had underlying health conditions, yes, but exposure to the virus could have been avoided if his health care providers had practiced proper protocol. And I miss him. It's been hard on Mom.

But see, one of the positive things out of this quarantine is, I talk to my Mom... Every Single Day. I feel weird on the random days we play phone tag and miss each other. It has made me so appreciative of our relationship!! And I take care of my own health expressly to be able to see my Mom (as well as help take care of my friend who is disabled). It's a precious responsibility. So maybe the lesson was, appreciation of and for the people we love and are lucky to have in our lives.

That's my thought on all this. Have a glorious day of your choosing, humans!
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  • ARNETTELEE
    Alone time is good for the soul. I, too, enjoy some time alone on occasion. This COVID threat and the consequences it brings to light are something we have to deal with. I am thankful that I am retired so I don’t have to deal with “working from home” like our daughter has been doing these past few months (since March).

    I’m so sorry that your dad has passed due to COVID, especially since proper protocol may have saved him. This has brought you closer to your mom, and it’s a blessing that you have that relationship. I don’t have my parents so for me, it’s sad that they are not here. But, it would have been hard for them too. We have to cherish the time we spend with our loved ones and make each and every day count. We have to do things and not regret doing it because we cannot take back something we didn’t do. We cannot say, “I should have….” because if we don’t do it today, we may regret it tomorrow.

    Stay safe and take care! It is so great to hear from you. I’ve missed your blogs! emoticon

    76 days ago
  • SLIMMERJESSE
    So wonderful to hear from you again. I'm sorry for your loss. But seems things are going well for you. I've wondered how you made out with that electrical problem, if I recall correctly. I think about you sometimes and wonder how you are.
    77 days ago
  • PACEKA1
    First I want to say how sorry I am for the loss of dayfather. My heart grieves every day when I see the number of deaths here in Minnesota - and the majority are those over 70, my age! So I am as careful as I can be. My theory has been, if I have to wear a mask I just don't go (except for the necessities like grocery shopping every other week). I am like you. I am perfectly fine being at home alone. I have my little dog Daisy who keeps me company and I have my husband to talk to. He spends most of his time in his studio downstairs, I am upstairs. We see each other for meals! It works.

    But I too was beginning to feel a little bit restless after a few months. Luckily my gym opened up in mid-June. At first I just went to meet with my personal trainer once a week, and then to do my Pilates which is in a room by itself and there are only 4 of us and the instructor. Last week I started going up for a couple of classes. Everyone is so diligent about keeping things clean. Being home I have been able to read several books. It keeps me calm to be in someone else's life for awhile.

    Take care!
    77 days ago
  • COOP9002
    Hope your time with your favorite humans is memorable.
    77 days ago
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