COVID-19 Update #2

I hadn’t anticipated writing about this again quite so quickly, as I hadn’t anticipated much change. But there has been some change. Late last week, my city mayor made an executive order that bars and restaurants no longer provide dine-in service. Over the weekend, the governor (after initially saying something to the effect that he trusted the citizens of Tennessee to make good decisions) finally also issued an executive order limiting the same sorts of things. So, we’re in semi-lockdown.

It’s not a police state or anything, thankfully, though Trump has deployed the National Guard in California, and I can’t really imagine what that’ll mean for people in California. I hope it doesn’t mean that the most vulnerable people get treated (more) poorly, though that does seem to be the general modus operandi of the current administration.

I went to the grocery store on Sunday partially to resupply myself with candy but also to get food for our meals for the coming week. The shelves were a lot more bare this time. When I went a week ago, it was mostly rice, flour, and paper goods that were in short supply. On this trip, there was very little meat, just a scattering of canned goods, no snack cakes, no bread, no butter, and a much smaller selection of cereal than usual. Chips were fairly picked over too, as were frozen vegetables. Soft drinks and candy (historically my most important food group) were thankfully abundantly available.

I’ve seen photos of downtown, which has been fairly bustling in general over the past few years but which now is apparently a ghost town. I’m surprised and relieved that people may be seeming to get the message to keep a distance from one another.

I’ve seen more neighbors walking their dogs and pulling children in wagons than usual, though we are heading into Spring weather, and these activities always pick up after winter draws to a close, so maybe this isn’t pandemic-specific. A neighbor proposed to the neighborhood Facebook group that people put teddybears in windows to give little kids out walking sort of a scavenger hunt, and I find the idea sort of charming. Another floated the idea of bringing a food truck to the neighborhood one night a week so that we could help support local businesses without going out. I’m mixed on this idea — I like the notion of supporting such businesses, but it’s hard for me to avoid thinking that somebody cooped up in a food truck all day and passing food and money back and forth is a pretty effective germ vector.

4 thoughts on “COVID-19 Update #2

  1. The fact that you made sure your candy stock is replenished is how I know you’re my people. My family’s candy organization system: gummies, fruit candies that aren’t gummy, butterscotch, caramel, chocolate with nuts, plain chocolate. Every type in its place, every type for specific needs. Every living person who has spent more than an hour in my house knows I’ll never notice if you help yourself to the plain chocolate. All other candy is mentally inventoried daily. Because I hoard candy in case of emotional need. Always have, always will.

    Hang in there. We’re on week three of lockdown, and it gets really lovely from a community standpoint, and really lonely, too.

  2. Wow, you should picture me now doing the old “I’m not worthy” bowing thing. I mostly just stock up on “peanut butter” M&Ms, caramel M&Ms, jellybeans and such this time of year, and occasionally caramels, peppermints, or butterscotches. Occasionally I mix it up with Hershey’s Kisses or Rolo. I try to hoard it mostly for myself, though sometimes my son claims part of my stash for the family. Every once in a while, in a fit of charity, I’ll set out a precious communal bowl of candy myself.

    • You can have some of my candy. The nice thing about long term coping by candy hoarding is I know how big my generosity buffer is.

      I have two copies of many books so I can lend them out and not be nervous.

      Ditto with chocolate and gummies. 🙂

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