The whole world is talking about the Big and frightening elements of Covid19, but in each and every home and family there are the tiny stories.
Just to take a different angle here are some of the ones that are impacting my loved one.
Real Life Cancelled by Virus
John - Six months ago sold his home in Seattle moved to a small community in Eastern WA and dumped his money into a bar. Stocking, licensing, hiring, renovating the establishment which has now been operating for a couple of months and was doing well. Having to close the bar and knowing without some major intervention he will never be able to afford to open it again. Lost income, wasted product and expenses of the business will eat up his start up money.
Avery - Turned seven yesterday, her birthday party cancelled due to virus circulating in the community. As part of her birthday present she was looking forward to attending a concert of her favorite teen performer, JoJo Siwa. It's not going to ruin her life, but I cried with her as I had seen her excite for the past 2 months.
Kaylee - Aged 11, Had a lead role in the school play they have been practicing for 8 weeks and found out today there would be no performances. Hard for young children to understand what is happening and why.
Brittney, 32 year-old mother of two, regional manager of a program that takes on kids that have aged out of the foster system they have 3 homes operating near Spokane, WA. These kids have no where else to go. Britt and her staff are suddenly dealing with these kids as well as their own, with no school system, extra meals, no daycares and no plans for dealing with life under these new circumstances.
I realize in the face of a global pandemic and financial devastation these are tiny tragedies and I know each of you have your own stories and disappointments.
To each of these people the struggle is real and the emotions are valid.
I don't think our problems are bigger than the pandemic, I just think they are part of the story.
Stay safe everyone, sending you thoughts of health, acceptance and well being.