This was my mom yesterday when I dropped off food and groceries for her for the week. It’s not a very clear picture since she had to stay behind the glass window. She’s 88 years old. Olivia was with me and so she is all smiles. Olivia calls her “Lola” which means Grandmother in Filipino. I have not hugged or given her a kiss in weeks. Her birthday is coming up next month but I don’t think we can celebrate until this nightmare is over.
I miss her….but we need to keep her safe.
I purposely waited for a few weeks to write about how I am doing. I struggled to find the exact word to describe how I was feeling these past weeks with COVID lurking just outside my doorstep.
I feel fear the most when Peter goes out and gets groceries and when he comes home, we have to keep the groceries outside by the door for a few hours in case he brought the virus back home with the broccoli. That goes for any Amazon packages and the rare times when we order dinner through Uber Eats. We live in a bubble and I’m cool with that, for now.
I taste the bitter tang of anger….or more appropriately, BLINDING RAGE, when I hear the news about people who are woefully ignorant and indifferent by not self-isolating, not practicing physical distancing or those who think that this virus is a hoax or it will mysteriously disappear or would rather play golf when people are dying. Not going to lie–these types of people will only look out for themselves and to hell with everyone one else. These people should not be holding any position of power as they would be the first one to throw their loved ones under the bus.
Indifference? Definitely not indifference. COVID is supposedly Mother Nature’s best revenge and we are all paying for all the price for our shameless treatment of all her gifts. I am talking about dolphins in the clear Venice waters, blue skies over Beijing devoid of pollution, wild boars in the streets of Barcelona. Whoa! COVID pressed the “Pause” button and in the process highlighted the delicate balance between man’s seemingly limitless wants and nature’s finite resources. When we come out of this, we should all rethink about how we live. There is too much at stake. There is no Planet B.
However, not all is lost. I have found lots of positive things that have come out of this whole COVID experience. For instance, working from home, I am getting more sleep, spending more time with Olivia and Peter, saving loads of money from not taking the train to work, spending less time figuring out what clothes to wear to work, getting laundry done and put away, and the house is always tidy. I will truly miss all these when we finally are allowed out of hibernation.
So, what word best describes how I feel right now?
Yes, I think that sums it up perfectly. I feel that at any moment of letting my guard down or one little slip, I (or anyone close to me) could catch COVID-19 and my whole world turns upside down. This is why I cannot comprehend how some people can protest that their rights are being infringed upon and “liberate” them from stay-at-home protocols. Let’s see if they are still asking about their rights when they are gasping for air and asking for a ventilator. They need to be taught a lesson. I know, I know….COVID is really testing my mindfulness practice.
Anyway, as Olivia and I drove away yesterday, I looked back at my mom, still staring out her window. So close yet so far.
I miss her…..but we have to keep her safe.
I hope you and your loved ones are also staying safe and healthy.