Covid-19 has changed the world as we knew it. We have found ourselves rethinking and re- evaluating the things that are important in our lives. The occasional visit to family and friends , the weekend outings and the daunting task of shopping has become a valued privilege that has been temporarily suspended. In the wake of the new world, people around the country are feeling the pressure of the isolation. Without a doubt people are finding more and more appreciation for the smaller tings in life. I have written a FICTIONAL story of a woman who goes through a great transformation during the Cover-19 experience and I welcome people to share there own stories and thoughts of how their lives have changed during this time.
No More Fear
On April 1, 2020, Karen sat alone in her apartment watching a movie she had seen a thousand times. She was preparing to make her yearly trip to get Easter baskets for her grandchildren, in hopes that this year they would come to see her. She stared across the room at the four years of Easter baskets sitting in the corner, along with the four year of Christmas presents covered in dust.
The last four years had been the hardest years of her life. Even after the doctors diagnosed her with extreme PTSD, her children just could not forgive or forget the fact that their mother had went from being a strong outgoing woman to a woman who refused to leave her home. They didn't call anymore and told her they could not handle seeing her this way. She lived in a world of fear and inner turmoil that kept her from driving, watching television or leaving her house. Karen had all her food delivered and spent her days consumed with the past.
Today was going to be the day. Karen made her way to the door and opened it. The sun was out ,and it felt so warm against her skin. She made her way to the street and noticed that there wasn't a single person on the street. It was silent and every driveway had cars in it. Upon arriving at the grocery store she was surprised to see only three cars in the parking lot and a sign in the adjoining restaurant that read, only open for take-out. She made her way to the door and as she entered, she noticed that everyone in the store was wearing masks and gloves. The cashiers where all enclosed in a plastic barrier. She hurried through the store where every six feet there was a piece of tape with the words social distance six- feet. She finished her shopping and made her way to the checkout where the cashier explained to her about the deadly Covid-19 disease that was killing hundreds of thousands across the world. Karen hurried out of the store with Easter baskets in hand and rushed home. How is it that that my kids did not tell me? In an instant Karen’s fear of the world became a brand -new fear. Where her kids alive?
Karen immediately picked up the phone and called her children. They cried and laughed and for the first time in years, Karen did not think about the abuse from her childhood or the images that had taken hold of her life. She called her children several times a day for the next month.
On June 1, 2020, Karen got in her car and drove two hours to hold her children and her grandchildren in her arms. Karen would never let a fear keep her from her life again. Karen came to realize that fearing memories was a waste of life when the whole world was in fear of an invisible but real threat.