What a whirlwind month it has been for our society. One month ago, I could get my hair cut and now I’m trying to determine whether or not I should YouTube how-to videos on cutting my own hair. Because at this point everything is still up in the air on how the next few months will go for our country, our state and our individual communities. Trust me, we all are feeling the weight of life and love in the time of corona, and it seems that time is all we have right now.
I’m spent my social distancing time for the past two weeks checking on our library pet turtle Webster, reading, sitting on my front porch in the evening with Leonardo, working in the yard with Drew, crocheting up all my yarn and starting some long, overdo television shows, like Game of Thrones.
But I have so many thoughts in my head:
What does everyone need all that toilet paper for anyway? I spent five days in a row trying to purchase two packs of hamburger meat at various stores – I finally had to accept that I would be spending more for a pack of hamburger meat than I wanted to. I filled the vehicles up one day for $1.59 a gallon – the last time I remember gasoline being that cheap I was in the car with my parents headed to Jasper on a Saturday to eat Mexican for lunch and torturing my dad by making him listen to Brittney Spears and the Backstreet Boys on a cd.
I’ve learned this week that I’m more like my mother than I realize – I have enjoyed not having human interaction. It’s been nice, sanitary and quiet. However, I’ve also learned that as a society we have no idea what it means to stop, sit still and have our routines interrupted for the betterment of humanity. When I was a little girl my mother would tell me many times on a Saturday night — “No, you are not going out. End of discussion.” And while I probably threw a fit about it, I heeded her decision. Because that is just what was expected.
Somedays lately I feel like even Nick Saban can’t get through to some people to simply stay at home. We are a people that crave interaction, that craves the desire to get out and go and do something, anything, but sitting at home. And if we don’t start taking social distancing serious, none of us are going to be enjoying college football in the fall.
I’ve seen how many business owners and public employees are concerned over what is considered essential work and what isn’t. Everyone is overwhelmed and there are no easy answers and solutions. The best we can do is stay home, utilize Facetime to video chat with our loved ones, watch some tv, take some naps, cut our grass, wash our hands, talk to our kids, give our pets a bath, not cut our own hair through a YouTube video, and hope for the best during this season of “love in the time of corona.”
Take it easy friends and pray. We have nothing but time at this point and we need to use it wisely to protect the lives of all Alabamians.
Laura Pitts is a former Daily Mountain Eagle reporter. She currently serves as director of the Scottsboro Public Library