I sent Taz and her hubby an Easter card. Here’s what I wrote:
Oftentimes it is during times of struggle that we learn more about ourselves and our relationships. It also peels back the layers and shows a person’s true self. The two of you are showing your bravery, love, humor and so much more. Stay strong and know that you both are cushioned and surrounded by the strong love of your friends and family.
Their friends and family are rallying around them. One of Taz’s BFF from high school works for a name brand spirits company. She sent a serious care package of top shelf vodka. Others have laid their hands on precious Clorox wipes and hand sanitizer which they have sent to Taz.
After listening to Taz talk about her decontamination protocol, I sent her 15 pounds of baby wipes. I scored big at Target at 8:00 am this week. I was allowed one package, so I chose the one with 750 wipes inside. She uses a hospital disinfectant as she changes her scrubs, but she is wiping her face and other things with Neutrogena wipes because that is all she has at the moment. That freaked me out which then caused the Target run because I feel like I have to do something. I have offered hand sanitizer made by a local distiller because she can add it to a spray bottle to spray on the wipes. She demurred saying that what I was sending was what they needed.
But the message I wrote to them applies to all of us. How are we handling this crisis shows our true self. I am still trying to control and contribute, so I attack it with gifts and actions. Thus far I have:
- Sent oranges to Taz, my parents and my son
- Bought and sent Taz disposable coveralls and safety glasses I found at Home Depot
- The aforementioned 15 pounds of baby wipes for Taz
- Bought the Hunter a rice cooker for Easter because he needs one
- Bought my son an Instant Pot to perk him up for Easter. He needs a little boost because he has been inside for so long.
- Bought 6 cloth masks from three different sources – some for me, some for loved ones
The above is all my retail actions because I am an over-buyer, so if I can buy something to fix a problem, look out! This doesn’t even include all my grocery shopping so I can huddle up at home, my DIY hand sanitizer for me and more. For morale support, I am
- Talking to friends and family at least every other day.
- Helped my dad register for grocery curb side pick up and delivery with his local grocery store
- Discussed financial options with my son on various scenarios he will be facing.
- Talked to the Hunter about his business and his situation
- Emailed cousins about their situation (including the ones who just lost my uncle).
One pending action item is to donate blood. The US is having a blood shortage, so I will be heading to my local organization to donate blood. It will be for Taz and all the other healthcare workers out on the front line. I plan to continue donating throughout this shit show and perhaps longer. I just heard an NPR story about a 90-something woman who donated 20 GALLONS over her life time. She finally stopped in her 80’s because the blood bank convinced her she had done enough. Now that is a worthy contribution.
True colors, my Dear Readers. We are having the moral, physical, psychological, relationship test of a lifetime. All of us will have low moments, but who will have a shining moment? Will all of us do what we can to help? Will we quarantine and be bored out of skulls to save the greater good? Will we be supportive of loved ones and neighbors? This is our test. I am hoping for a better than passing grade. How about you?