I was just sitting here trying to knit and my mind started to wander. I was thinking of how our lives have changed with this worldwide crisis.
I was thinking of my family in Alberta. With their lives and responsibilities staying home and staying safe is only a possibility for some of them.
My daughter lives with her daughter and two of her grandkids. In the middle of this crisis they had to move into a house my granddaughter bought. That entailed having painters and movers in the house. Then they moved in with my great grandson being in the high risk category. He has severe asthma as does my daughter. After being able to self isolate for the requisite two weeks, all are still doing fine and are together so hugs abound in their world. They also have a large, fenced backyard so they can get out to play.
My older son, his wife and kids live on a farm so the kids can be outside, riding the horses, quads or bikes for several hours a day.
My younger son and his family are in Mexico. They are on complete lockdown with no outdoor walks allowed. In their community they can not even go to the grocery or laundromat. Everything has to be arranged or ordered on line or by phone. Bakery goods, fresh produce and staples are ordered and delivered with no contact. Laundry is left in bags on their doorstep, picked up, cleaned and delivered back to the doorstep with no contact. The blessing is that my son was on his way back to work in Saudi when the worldwide shutdown happened. He managed to get back to his family in Mexico. With having to self isolate for two weeks, they were not able to travel back to Canada to be with family for the lockdown. So there they sit, but at least they are all together in their condo.
My heart hurts when I think of the children isolated in apartments with no outdoor activities.
As for me I live on a golf course which has not yet opened. DH and I are able to be hermits. I did start the Covid19 lockdown with a decent stash, but the pickings are getting slim. It is getting more difficult to put palette’s together. The biggest shortfall is in neutrals! Luckily I still have lots of scraps in my pizza boxes and strip bin, so I should be fine for another month, or two or even three before I get desperate. I also have an adequate supply of wool to knit socks. How fortunate I am. I know others are not in the same situation.
So far, my family has been safe. Even my daughters in laws families have not suffered any Covid illnesses or family deaths for any reasons.
Several of our friends have lost relatives during all of this time of having to self isolate to save lives. I can not imagine the pain of not being able to be with a loved one as they pass on. How can you deal with the grief if you are deprived of the chance to say goodbye or the comfort of a funeral?
To all of you who are experiencing the worst of this crisis; illness, being isolated in apartments, losing your jobs, losing loved one, panicking over being able to feed your children, I am so sorry and wish I could do more than donate to our food banks and local charities. I can only hope you will find comfort in the love and generosity of our countrymen.
While surfing the internet and reading posts, I came across this quote. It touched my heart, set me on the train of thought and brought me some comfort during these trying times for our world.
unlocks the fullness of life.
It turns what we have into enough…and more.
It turns denial into acceptance,
chaos to order,
confusion to clarity.
It can turn a meal
into a feast,
a house into a home,
a stranger into a friend.
Gratitude makes sense of our past,
brings peace for today
and creates a vision
Sending a prayer for health and safety to all of you. Carol