So we’re living in a brave, new world (temporarily), and I’m kind of at the point of feeling numb at this point. At first it was just weird, not being able to take my son into stores or to the playground. Don’t get me wrong, it still sucks I can’t take him to the playground because he’s almost 3 and he has a lot of energy to burn off.
I never really went much of anywhere to begin with, being a SAHM and all. But now that you tell me I can’t leave the house, I want to. I miss retail therapy, even if it was just window shopping. Online shopping just isn’t the same, and I can’t justify the shipping prices of most things (unless you spend $35 at a time for some places). I miss going into Bath & Body Works and smelling all their new body washes and candles. I miss going to Target and ogling the adorable toddler clothes.
They’re saying parts of my state might start opening up as soon as next Friday, May 8. However, things still won’t be the same. From what I’m hearing, we might still be mandated to wear face masks in the “yellow” phase, so I’m not sure how much leisure shopping I’ll want to do. You’ll see posts on Facebook and Instagram of people trying on new summer clothes adorned with their masks of choice (mine is camo, in case you’re wondering lol). There’ll be people playing mini golf in masks and blaming their masks fogging up their glasses if they miss a putt.
Now they’re saying schools may not open in PA this fall because of all of this. Childcare is going to be hard to find and expensive, and I can see a lot of parents having to quit their jobs if this is the case. Even non-essential businesses will probably be open by fall, so what are all those parents going back to work supposed to do? Retail workers, waitresses, and the like can’t work from home. I know I can’t say much on the topic since my son isn’t in school yet, but it’s still heartbreaking. Granted, we all know kids aren’t affected like the elderly are, but the thing is, if the do decide to postpone opening school past September, it’s the teachers most at risk of getting symptoms. The scary thing with kids is that you might not even know they’re sick and then bam, an outbreak that causes a second wave. So I can see why they’d decide to postpone school, but they need to come up with a plan and quick.
Well, that’s all I have for now. I’m trying not to let my anxiety get the best of me, trying not to turn into an alcoholic, and trying to lose weight/get fit all at the same time. I’m not gonna be a victim of the Quarantine 15. I hope everyone is staying safe and happy.