The Quarantined Life: Hoarders and Personal Space Issues
The Quarantined Life: It Begins.....
The night before leaving for Licensing School was a very busy day for me. On top of being #SAHD all day, I had a full evening of packing and preparing for my weekend away at school. I hurried to get my oil changed after dinner and gassed up my car for tomorrow's trip.
The Coronavirus had just begun to make its way into our local news channel. There were a few cases in Pennsylvania but no one was panicking--yet. I was aware of this as I went to bed on Thursday evening (March 12). On Friday, I packed up my car, dropped off the kids at my parents, and headed to Licensing School. The weather was gorgeous and I looked forward to this weekend. The last time I was at school in February, I was recovering from the stomach virus and didn't feel great.
The ride to School is around 2 hours and the views of the farmlands and mountains are well worth it. I stopped for lunch close to my destination and enjoyed the most delicious personal pan pizza. Did I mention it was delicious? The storm had begun to unfold. While I waited for my pizza, I overheard countless diners who were talking about “the virus”. I heard about Coronavirus and knew it could be an issue here in the States but did not really ponder it much. I headed to my destination not knowing how different life would be after this weekend.
Upon arriving at Licensing School, I unpacked my belongings and headed to the main building for class. Before we began, we were briefed on new sanitation guidelines for our stay. Staff would be cleaning more than usual and we would be cleaning our gathering areas MULTIPLE times a day for the duration of our weekend. Before I went to bed on Friday night, I was made aware of several new developments: PA would be closing schools for two weeks and our church was closing and only operating in a mobile fashion.
I woke up on Saturday morning with coffee and breakfast on my mind. With little cell phone reception, it was difficult to stay connected with my family and my ministry team back home. Before I was even able to grab coffee, myself and others made decisions to move our ministries online. My wife also reached out to me to let me know her work office closed for at least three weeks.
The rest of the weekend was a blur. Classes kept us busy and all and any downtime was spent talking about the virus that would disrupt our lives. Businesses were starting to close. But in the midst of all this craziness, I was reminded of beauty. Over the weekend, a group of us were going on hikes during the few breaks we had. On Sunday before lunch, a group of us hiked a trail that would take up to a scenic overlook. During our hike, we saw mini waterfalls and even crossed over a mini covered bridge. The hikes were a beginning reminder of the need to find beauty and get outside during this time.
As I reflect back to the beginning of the pandemic, I have found that there is something said in finding balance. There are two extremes that are operating right now: panicked and passive. One short glance at social media will show you this to be fairly accurate. The panicked folks are hoarding toilet paper and other supplies. They post and lament on social media (almost hourly for some!) with countless articles and statistics. They want you to know that THIS IS IT. We are done for! The passive people don't really care much about anything and if they do, they sure are not showing it. These folks are still gathering with tons of people, not following any guidelines, and life is no different for them.
I will write more in an upcoming post about finding balance but know this: neither of these approaches are healthy for yourself or others. I am a firm believer that this cannot go on forever. It cannot and will not. I believe in the American people. We will rise up and create a vaccine or some protocol to overcome this. I believe in Jesus. I don't believe God created this virus or wants to "teach us something" through this ordeal. This virus is evil so God would not create it. Furthermore, we have free will to accept or reject God. Yes, we may learn from this experience but it was not brought on from God.
You have just finished reading the first post of a series of posts on The Quarantined Life. This series is a collection of events, thoughts, and random notes from the desk of Jason D. Weirich. We hope you continue to join us as we navigate our current situation of being in quarantine.