Quarantine 2nd Monday

This is a joke, please tell me you know this is a joke.

Today was a great day for The-Prettiest-Girl-in-the-World. Two amazing things happened to her. No, she didn’t find more hair dye, but I’ll deal with both of the amazing things in a bit.

First, all of us remain in more or less good health. Certainly no signs of the Covid-19 virus. Only allergies and migraines. Mentally, we even had a better day, today, with no teenagers acting all teenagerly.

Instead, they were incredible. The-Youngest watched a live-stream about physics! Not a live-stream about ski-jumping fails, or what animal makes the loudest farts, PHYSICS!

The-Oldest spent nearly the entire day working on his album. It was his capstone assignment as part of grade 12, and very likely he won’t have to do it, but he needs to create, needs to make music, so he sits, alone, and composes.

Outside our house, our Prime Minister had to act like a dad scolding toddlers. Enough is enough, he said to people not social distancing.

Enough is enough, indeed.

On our streets in Langley, the RCMP were out ticketing people for gathering in large groups. On the plus side, restaurants can now deliver booze. This may be vital.

However, the best news for The-Prettiest-Girl-in-the-World is that she’s going back to work. She works in the library so it may not sound like good news (since it would be like swimming in a pool of infected spit), but it is good news, since she’ll be working from home.

And here’s the thing, this onlining is becoming the norm. How amazing is it that we can so quickly adjust to the changing world. Oh, sure, perhaps we could change faster but we are in a historic time, something not seen by the Gen Z, Millenials, GenX, or the Boomers, and we are learning as fast as we can.

Already, gyms, places of worship, and universities have gone online. Hell, you can sign up for Yale right now. It’s free.

How cool is that?

For The-Prettiest-Girl-in-the-World, she’ll be doing some training for a few weeks, then it’s unclear what she’ll do or how the libraries will operate, but it’s cool they’re trying to work that all out. Already they are doing online story-book time. Maybe they’ll do something online where you can practice yelling at them for charging for overdue books. Or they can show you how they deal with drunks peeing on the books.

Either way, she’s excited. She loves the library and the people who work there. She may not have the human contact, yet, but she’ll have her job back and that means so much to her.

The 2nd thing was a video call from The-Cutest-Baby-in-the-World.

Since the boys, age 13 and 17, haven’t sired any grandchildren yet, at least that we know of, we get great joy from our niece and today she called. She called to show Auntie her feet. And to say she likes puppies. And simply to laugh and smile. She’s 17 months old.

Gosh, Facetime is cool.

After the call, The-Prettiest-Girl-in-the-World danced around the house like an electrocuted pixie, about as happy as she’s been in two weeks.

With luck, on Thursday, we’ll get the go-ahead to be able to head out. More on that on Wednesday, but for now, I’m loving the idea of having a small measure of freedom back. Who knows that the world will look like in 3 days, but I know we’ll manage.

Be safe, be healthy and respect this new world.

About Joe Cummings

Aquarius. Traveler. Gamer. Writer. A New Parent. 4 of these things are easy. One is not. But the journey is that much better for the new people in my life. A life I want to share with others, to help them, maybe, to make them feel less alone, sure, to connect with the greater world, absolutely.
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