I had a lot of weird quirks as a kid. Still do, in fact. One of those quirks is being chased. I hated playing games like tag and hide & seek. My preference was to give up and let fate take its course, assuming it was part of my destiny to be caught.
I feel like for the last 2+ years we’ve all collectively run from an invisible monster, scared of its potential doom. We did all we could to protect our family and ourselves from this beast; everything from masking-up to getting vaccinated (most of us, at least). And yet, it was still able to penetrate my sacred space, my home.
Remember those sniffles Charlotte had last week? That was Covid knocking on our door. We told it to buzz off, but it didn’t care. It’s now overstayed its welcome. There’s evidence of a strong take-down all over my house from garbage cans full of wadded tissues to unmade beds with restless sheets. We are isolating at home with varying symptoms, nothing too serious that would require immediate medical attention (how lucky we are is not lost on me).
We even celebrated Charlotte’s 4th birthday this week, as best as one can while fighting a nagging virus that won’t seem to let up. She had the greatest day though, at least I hope she did. This was her 3rd birthday celebrated within the suffocating confines of this pandemic. By now, she thinks it’s normal to have people sing you happy birthday on zoom while in completely different spaces.
As inconvenient as it has been to be infected with Covid this week (not that it’s ever convenient), I still feel blessed that we were able to keep it at bay as long as we have, while still living as normal a life as we have been. This would’ve been much scarier two years ago and if I am honest, I feel a bit of relief now that we’ve come face-to-face with this thing. It takes a bit of the scary out of it and now all we can do is focus on getting better.
Regardless of the changing guidelines, I hope for the sake of our families, our friends, and our communities, we will still all do our best to stay safe in public spaces. Most people who were affected by Covid made it through, but sadly that isn’t the case for everyone. It is still a raging, mutating virus that we don’t know too much about so each of us doing our part will help slow this thing down.
Have you been infected with Covid-19? If so, what was your experience like?
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