A week of firsts

This has been a week of firsts for us. We’ve been shocked back into submission of COVID-19 guidelines because my partner’s co-worker has tested positive for the virus. Our HVAC unit quit and we lived without air conditioning during the hottest week of the summer so far. My 70-something year old father, who has been healthy for his entire life, had a biopsy done to find out if he has cancer, and I am faced with the very real possibility that I may be laid off from my job this fall. None of us really has any idea when this pandemic will end and what the world will look like after we are able to safely emerge from our homes.

Lest it all seem like doom and gloom, the world is still spinning. At the beginning of May, I started purchasing and planting native flowers in my flower beds. They are blooming and they are beautiful. We have rabbits and deer (including a tiny fawn!) frolicking in our yard nearly every evening. We are healthy–a little stir-crazy, but healthy. And we have been lucky enough to both be employed through this entire ordeal, so we have saved money that we can use to tide us over if one of us does lose our job. There is always something to be grateful for.

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