Thursday, March 11, 2021

Today Is The 1 Year Anniversary Of Our State Declaring A Pandemic


This morning while scrolling through my social media feeds, I stumbled on a post from our local news channel. The post commemorated the 1 year anniversary of the governor of our state declaring pandemic status due to COVID-19. It was 3 days prior to our house warming party. I snapped this photo the day before. 

In the days to follow, things got weird. 

Really quickly. 

Most people, including us, just stood there shocked. Speechless. In awe. Not sure what to do. We had never experienced something like this in our lifetime.

The post from our local news hit me like a ton of bricks. 

It had been a year already.

What hit me even harder was a meme that I had seen dozens of people post on Facebook over the past couple of weeks. I don't remember the exact wording, but it said something like, "A year ago, none of us knew that our lives were going to change a week later..."

That hit home.

Between seeing those memes and today's post from our local news, I've spiraled into a state of being profusely reflective. 

An entire year. 


This time last year, it was almost impossible to find toilet paper, paper towels, antibacterial soap, hand sanitizer, and other hygiene products on the shelves. 

Within a week or so later, our local grocery store shelves were bare most of the time. Lisa had to go several times a week just so we could get our hands on some much needed items because we make homemade meals and treats for our kids.

Thankfully, we had a few friends who helped us and we got through the worst of the worst. 

So much happened.

So much changed.

On top of that, Lisa was working exceptionally long hours because she's an essential employee. In addition, she got a promotion and her hours changed a bit. On my end, the production in the Bodacious DIY Dog Mom Workshop came to a halt because materials and supplies were not available. Because of that, my focus temporarily changed in a lot of areas.

I sit here today and think back...

The COVID pandemic isn't over and it probably won't be for a long time, but it's getting better. We're keeping our fingers and paws crossed that it continues down that path. 

There is a lot to think about. 

I think it's one of those moments that we need to stop and reflect back.

That always helps me. 

It's like therapy...

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