Pandemic, Week 1

(C) 2020, JJ Shaun
Painting D&D miniatures while practicing “social distancing.”

People around the world are about to spend more time with their loved ones than they ever thought possible. In some cases, that will be okay, in others, not so much. Some people will be spending more time alone than anticipated. In all cases, now is the time for all of us to be particularly kind to each other.

I got to thinking about that as Donna and I were taking care of some of our regular chores. As I was moving firewood, First Reader asked me to do something in the house. My usual answer would usually be, “yeah, in a minute,” then I’d go on with whatever I was doing. This time, my answer was a bit more detailed, “sure, let me finish this; then I need to do these two other things, then I’ll go do that.”

After giving her such a detailed explanation, I got to thinking about why. I’m a “just the facts, ma’am,” type of person. I say what I need to say, and not much more. But, in this age of forced social isolation and family togetherness, I guess I realized how important it is to communicate our intentions because we aren’t mind readers.

That includes checking up on our friends. I don’t know about you, but we have a few close friends that live alone, with only their pets for companionship. We’ve been making it a point to call, not text, them on the regular to make sure they’re doing okay. I’ve reached out to some of those “long-distance” friends that I might only talk to every couple of years. (Yes, I have a few of those, and when we see each other, we pick up where we left off.)

Here’s how I’m coping with the change in lifestyle.

  • Listen to less news and more music
  • Read
  • Play more video games
  • Paint my Dungeons & Dragons miniatures
  • Color
  • Build puzzles

How about you? How are you keeping yourself healthy and sane during this pandemic?

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