The world is beginning to dream again and so are we. I see strength returning to Tracy’s spirit, and it does my heart good. She was able to use her walker to walk to the sink, sit down and wash up her face and arms in the sink today. A milestone!
She said it felt so good. She changed into a personal nightgown and felt like a whole new person.
We are hoping to get her into in patient rehab on Monday but it is pending insurance approval. You know how it is…
It is not good enough that doctors, nurses, and Physical and Occupational therapists recommend it. No, the insurance company, not her personal medical team, must approve it first. Please pray with us she can go.
For those who know me, I am generally speaking an introvert who has learned to adapt to an extroverted world. I teach, so learning to adapt has been critical for my career.
So, for all the ‘verts out there, whichever side of the fence you find yourself on, this is for you. It’s a whole new world (*cue Aladdin music for the intro*).
For All the ‘Verts
When the world was ours, we went out for drinks and dinner and dancing; we attended exciting games and bonded with strangers as we jammed ourselves onto a single bleacher row at a football game.
We brought our dogs to parks and chatted over lattes about all that was wrong until all was wrong— and then silence.
We stayed home.
We cast furtive glances, sometimes judgement, and always suspicion to folks walking without masks; dogs were kept in yards, playgrounds were taped off, driving was solitary and for emergencies or necessities only.
Faces covered, we barely looked up through steamy lenses; the pandemic crippled us— crippled our social lives— changes so dramatic even the extroverts agreed staying home was the best choice.
And now, life is unfolding like a flower again, but nothing is the same.
The cautionary tale of COVID-19 lurks on the ledge of our lips, the horrific stories of all the Great Uncle Joes getting sick on Monday and dying on Thursday are whispered to children.
People without masks are given untrusting glances. Are they carriers? Are they vaccinated? Can vaccines be trusted? Is Big Pharma really the devil?
Anxiety isn’t just for introverts anymore.
We Are All A Little Afraid.
Diving headfirst into a sea of people isn’t a great idea for anyone anymore.
Instead, we are making choices that reflect intentionality— non jam-packed schedules might actually be a preferred way of living.
Some of us have learned the value of simply being.
And we are discovering in the process that the world is still very much ours.