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DAY 23: COVID-19 Quarantine sinks in

A long road ahead

By Emma Palova

Lowell, MI – Like on a transatlantic flight after four hours, the quarantine in its fourth week, is also beginning to sink in. After all just like aboard that jet, you have nowhere to go. You keep putting one foot in front of the other on the long road to full recovery from the COVID-19 global crisis.

Downes Road

By now you have found out that you can sleep in without feeling guilty about it, you can have a full sit-down breakfast rather than grabbing a granola bar and nasty coffee at the gas station, and you are the boss of each new day. You have polished up your cooking skills, that you feel like a chef at a first-class restaurant and you acknowledge your partner at the dinner table. Your relationships either get better or worse in the quarantine.

You can schedule a zoom or a zoo room meeting to get business done in the morning, you can stretch it into the afternoon or not. You call the friends and family on your list. You are finally in charge of your own life.

The government stimulus check has arrived in your checking account at the bank; for once as promised. Instead of blowing the money, I decided to plant my seeds so I have veggies and I can also monitor time by the growth of the seedlings.

Planting seeds to also monitor the passage of time in the COVID-19 quarantine.

You now have time for your own well-being and your friend’s well being. You’re not killing your plants by forgetting to water them, and you can start new plants from seeds. Your dirty laundry pile is getting smaller and your clean clothes are neatly organized in orderly stacks.

All this said, your beard and your hair may be growing longer. You can also find yourself visiting the pantry with goodies more often. But, aha, you can finish reading or writing that long-forgotten book. You can spend more time on the phone with your friends.

That’s what happened to me today. I usually procrastinate before I start writing; anything serves as a good excuse. In front of my eyes I could see the TV commercial where Sam encourages “to call them, not Sam.”

I’ve been meaning to call my lifelong friend Eva from Kromeriz in Czech Republic for the last year. To my credit, I really did lose her phone number and I emailed her before Christmas without hearing back from her.

I quickly messaged her son John who connected us like a true phone operator after many years. I found out about a Czech quarantine invention. The conversation was priceless. More about that in another post.

Now, this all wouldn’t have happened if there was no COVID-19 crisis. I would have just continued to quietly think about my friend Eva without any action to “call her.”

Thanks, Sam, for connecting us.

Stay tuned for day-by-day coverage of the COVID-19 quarantine.

Watch for a story about Hastings woman infected with coronavirus. Her plea is.”

“Stay home, do not be selfish.”

Featured photo: Pixabay, coronavirus isolated.

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Writer Virginia Wolf

Google honors writer Virginia Wolf

I was quite impressed this morning as I opened the chrome browser to see Google’s doodle of writer Virginia Wolf.

Virginia Wolf

The picture is a  courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

The English writer is known for her works, Mrs. Dalloway, To the Lighthouse and Orlando.

However, what inspires me the most is her essay, “A Room of One’s Own.”

I find Wolf’s early insight “A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction,” completely accurate in 2018.

With this essay, Wolf has inspired feminism and social consciousness.

I first encountered her name upon entering my work into the “Room of Her Own” literary contest three years ago.

As we enter 2018 strong with the #MeToo , #TimesUp movements and the trial of the former MSU & USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar who has been sentenced to 175 years in prison, we all need to find our own voice and speak up against any injustice.

As a new author on the literary scene, I consider voicing my own opinion about social consciousness  more important than ever.

How do you feel about voicing your opinion Candidly  on matters of social consciousness, injustice and women’s rights in face of sexual assault?

The silence surrounding the reporting of sexual abuse has to stop now.

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