The New Normal
Year 2020 has been a very interesting year so far. We are only in Mid-July and already so many people’s lives have changed several times. At the beginning of the year, things were going pretty steady. People were going to work as usual and kids were going to school. Yep, pretty boring. And then, we started hearing about this strange virus in the eastern Hemisphere. Older generations of people started to get fatally sick and started to show up in different countries and continents. People started to get nervous and scared. Then we heard many cases in Washington, and then NY and then other states in America. And then the virus started to get closer to home when Ohio had their first case, then Hamilton County, and then Cincinnati! Stores were getting wiped out of toilet paper. I never heard it causing diarrhea so never understood that one. Hand Sanitizer and Hand Soap was becoming a hot item. (Side Note: I always wondered what people did before this outbreak if they washed their hands.) It was chaotic and everyone of us stared at the TV trying to find accurate news. People glued to their phones seeking information of what is going on and how close it getting to us. So much misinformation was flying every where and no one knew what was correct or wrong. And then…. The State Governors started to shut things down to help “flatten the curve.” There was shock, relief, anger, and fear in the air. Millions of people stood in front of the TV or looking down at their phone when they heard the news that they were out of a job, out of business, unable to go to work because their children’s school or day care had shut down. I was already contemplating of closing and had cancelled a few days already due to the fear of spreading the virus. Then, I heard the news as I was sitting there on the couch with my daughter that I had to close. My normal changed. There was no work to go to or sheets to do for my upcoming appointments. My normal was to hunker down at home with my husband and keep our daughter safe. To only go out when needing groceries with masks on and bleached rags to wipe everything down before entering the house. And to watch the news for hours to see what additional information they have collected. To know how many have been affected by this deadly virus. This normal lasted about 10 weeks.