You can tell we’re getting restless -- twitching and twisting and otherwise maneuvering ourselves into the familiar postures that characterized life, say, last January. We’re homesick -- sick of being at home and making allowances for spouses, children, boarders, TV personalities. And presidents.
Today we sit at home, and not in our class!
I’m not sure whether COVID-19, first identified in Wuhan, China, in the U.S. qualifies as a true disaster. Putting the disease in perspective, we might look at influenza illnesses. According to Centers for Disease Control estimates, between Oct. 1, 2019, and March 14, 2020, there have been 390,000 to 710,000 hospitalizations as a result of the flu, 38,000,000 to 54,000,000 flu illnesses and 23,000 to 59,000 flu deaths. That’s compared with, as of March 27, a total of 85,356 cases of COVID-19 resulting in the deaths of 1,246 people.
When I was very young, my older sister and I spent a lot of time at Granny’s house. Granny (Mrs. Alice McCoy Kenan) believed that one should try to find something positive in everything. If I had a complaint, she would always listen attentively, then say something positive about the instrument of my anguish. She felt that if one took the time to find a nugget of positive, it would help assuage the sting of whatever was causing the distress. However, I don’t recall Granny ever saying anything positive about wasps, scorpions and spiders.
Here we are in the midst of the throes of a pandemic that is quickly changing us, and that change can only be interpreted in the eye of the observer.
BY JEFF LOWE DISPATCH RECORD