Okay, Now This is Getting Serious

Published April 1, 2020

I bragged a few weeks ago how home confinement wouldn’t affect my life. As an introvert, I thrive on being alone. Being around people drains me. I’m self-employed and semi-retired, and that hasn’t changed. My biggest responsibility these days has been watching my 15-month-old granddaughter so my daughter and son-in-law can get some work done while working at home.

That is, until today. Today my life changed, not tremendously, but enough to remind me that this is serious shit we’re going through. My daughter made the wise decision to keep the baby home instead of bringing her to the house each day for me to babysit. She will try to make her calls and get her work done with the baby there. I’m sure she isn’t the only working mom dealing with this.

Perhaps she’s being overly cautious, except none of us knows where this is going or how it will end up. Plus, my wife works at Target. I should have mentioned that. She is on the front lines each day dealing with all kinds of people, most of whom should be home themselves instead of out looking for socks.

When my wife comes home, she strips in the garage and goes straight to the bathroom to disinfect and put on fresh clothes before I even see her. Makes me willing to take my chances. But my baby granddaughter with her still-developing immune system should be shielded from even the slightest risk. We are all going to have to make sacrifices to get through this. Even, I am humbled to say, me.