What a long strange trip it’s being.

I texted a friend the other day, just to check in, and asked her how she was doing.
She responded that she was excited about the 3 day weekend.
I found that response truly humorous.
It was good to laugh.

As a person on Day 4,523 of lockdown, it’s crazy to think she’s excited about a 3 day weekend. But, she’s essential. She’s still putting in her 40+ hours a week, swinging by the grocery store after work when needed. Cooking, cleaning, reading as usual… Of course she’s affected by what’s going on, but her experience of this novel coronovirus is much different than mine.

And probably yours.
And, to make a finer point–YOURS is probably a different experience than mine, too.

We are ALL going through the 2020 pandemic together. Our daily activities (or inactivities) may be unique, but it’s a shared adventure.

In December of 2014, I blogged about Social Moments, unifying events that connect us with strangers the world over:
Social moments are an important part of our global culture. With more than 7 billion human beings on the planet, it’s hard to believe there could be any one thing we share. Our reactions to these experiences prove our humanity and bond us with our earthly brothers. In a way, I believe they are good for us.

I also said:
By saying I think these events, these shared experiences, are “good for us,” I am in NO WAY saying we need more.

Alas, here we are–riding out a situation we’d only ever conceived of in theory or fiction. Not a “social moment”, but a long-term, life-altering, history-making Social Epoch.

My hope is that we wade through the muck separately and emerge on the other side together.  A myriad of experiences contributing to a unified bond.


About Mary Fran Says

I am an artist, crafter, designer and writer. I enjoy working with mixed media-- applying visual and tactile manipulations to telling a story. Not a lot of market for that, though, :), so I'm focusing on short story submissions and novel completions. Yes, plural. Lots of beginnings, too many ideas, not enough focus.
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