Two years of living during the Covid-19 pandemic, in monthly installments
The global pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus has been with us for 2 years. We are learning to live with it, and the virus with its various mutations is still teaching.
Everyone's life has been affected. We didn't have a vaccine for the first year, then the deadly Delta variant and the uber transmittable Omicron variant entered the scene. We've had the mask wars, the hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin (both antiparasite - not antiviral - medications) debacles, and vaccine fear-mongering. Today's tragic metrics:
But life goes on for most of us. We adapt.
In this blog, I've chosen 1 photo from each month (well, not always), beginning in January 2020, to represent my journey through this pandemic. You'll get a sampling of what I've done, what I've learned, and what I believe, in these months. The purpose? The purpose is to demonstrate that, pandemic or not, life continues. We traveled, we volunteered, we visited with our children.
In March, the shit hit the fan. Colleges and universities sent students home. People avoided commercial flights, buses, and subways like the plague. And there was a nationwide shortage of... toilet paper. The focus now was hand washing, food washing, and social distancing.
|This is the daytime, non-stop flight from Honolulu to Chicago. Normally, this flight would be full. This time we each had our own row on the plane, and by "row", I mean all the seats in the left, right, and center sections.|
Here are a few additional photos, focusing on shortages in stores (staples like rice and canned meats, as well as TP, and the closure of the park across the street from our house.
|Hand sanitizer, social distancing, and now masking. People were receiving mixed messages on masking, but people started sewing their own and giving them to friends. Here, we are at Lowe's picking up items for spring gardening.|
We spent July in Utah, and family came to visit us. It was fabulous! Oh, and I had a quiet retirement. After 29 years, nary a peep from my colleagues. My retirement celebration was a casualty of the pandemic.
|Back to DC! Our kids were moving into the house next door to their old apartment that needed some real TLC. I played with Kepler while everyone else did real work, cleaning, painting, repairing,and replacing.|
The Logan Marathon! Wesley and I had been training in Rock Creek Park in DC, and I returned to Logan a week before this race. The next day, Wesley ran his marathon, solo, in DC.
|Home gyms help beat the pandemic blues!|
|Great Falls is a series of rapids and waterfalls on the Potomac River in Maryland. We rode our bikes from Columbia Heights to Great Falls. One flat, one tire replacement (that needed to be delivered), and one broken chain later, we all made it home!|
|Caroline continues with her ukulele mastery. But now, Robert and Wesley begin playing, so we have a band!|
|That second vaccination! Caroline is getting what she is giving. We continued working at the vaccination clinics.|
|Back to Oahu with friend Jordy!|
|Sunset at Waikiki, with Caroline's parents. This might have been the first time out of the house for them in 9 months.|
|Caroline's ukulele zoom jam. She organizes a weekly ukulele jam, now with hundreds of songs. Her favorite participants are Robert, Wesley, and Michael.|
|And... back to DC. We are kayaking on the Potomac River with Artie. The vultures in the background? They are just wishful thinkers.|
|What a delight! Playing ukulele on the city walls of Lucca, Italy! Unfortunately, no one slipped a Euro into our ukulele cases...|