Stay At Home Phone

I’m sitting here wondering if we will ever get back to normal life again? If so, what will normal be?

I mean, I don’t even know what day it is anymore, let alone what is normal?

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says he doesn’t think we will ever return to normal.

“I don’t think we return to yesterday… I think if we are smart, we achieve a new normal.” A new normal. Will we always be social distancing? Will we always be wearing masks in public? Will we ever have store shelves filled with toilet paper and hand sanitizer again?

I’m a stay-at-home kind of person. I like being in the house on a Friday or Saturday night. I used to describe my perfect weekend as one where I never backed my car out of the garage. (I haven’t started my car in days.)

Today, I just sat in it for awhile. I actually miss driving to work. I miss traffic. I miss the gym. I miss going to a restaurant. When will we ever get to do any of these things again?

Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases says that social distancing and other steps seem to be working to stop the spread of the virus. “If in fact we are successful, it makes sense to at least plan what a re-entry into normality would look like.” This from the man who has become the face of trying to stop Coronavirus. To me, that sounds hopeful. I don’t expect anything to happen fast, however. When it does, it’s going to be gradual.

What must happen quickly is to get this economy back on-track. All that free money promised to small businesses has to start flowing. Too many stories of business owners applying for loans through the Paycheck Protection Plan, but so far, getting nothing.

These business owners and their employees need that money. They need it fast.

It’s tough enough worrying about getting sick, but worrying about getting sick and trying to pay your bills is just too much.

I wish for normal.

After the 9/11 attacks, I thought normal life would never return. To my surprise though, it happened fairly quickly. As bad as it was, the terror attacks were a finite event.

Coronavirus seems infinite. Open ended.

When will it be over? “Over” for New York may not mean “over” for Florida. So, we wait it out. Continue our social distancing ways.

I miss hugs, I think, the most. Just a hug from a friend. Is that a thing of the past? Even when this is over, will we ever hug again? The new normal. I can’t wait to see what that looks like. Socially distanced hugs? Six feet away.

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