As I sit on my tiny front porch practicing “social distancing” this beautiful warm and sunny morning, the question occurred to me “HOW ARE MY OTHER FELLOW WOMEN WHO LIVE ON ROCKS COPING?”
After going through all of the major storms and hurricanes which struck the US Virgin Islands since Hurricane Hugo in 1989, I felt like, “Oh! I’m retired now anyway so I can handle this “self quarantine” business easily. At least this time, we’ve got our electricity, running water and 95% internet, TV, and telephone connectivity. My husband made sure that we’ve got plenty of food, cleaning products, toiletries and drinking water. So we can still live reasonably comfortable. Life will still be pretty normal for us.” Wrong!
It began with the closing of schools at the end of the week of March 19. I had prepared a small group of dancers from my weekly Recess Dance Club to perform for the residents of our two resident senior living homes, which has been a standing annual event. Their costumes and hand props were all ready. My dancers were “performance ready” when I left them on the afternoon of March 10.
Little did I know, thanks to “COVID 19”, that ended up being the very last time that I saw them, with no idea of when we’ll meet again. We were scheduled to visit and entertain the elderly that very next Saturday. But by then, our Governor had ordered all schools closed and most social activities, especially those involving the elderly, to be postponed until further notice.
I also received emails and phone calls informing me that all of my volunteer guest reader and guest speaker events had been cancelled indefinitely. All of my usual activities, for STUDENT VIOLENCE PREVENTION WEEK, AUTISM AWARENESS AND INCLUSION WEEK, NATIONAL CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION WEEK as well as the NATIONAL WEEK OF THE YOUNG CHILD, TEACHERS APPRECIATION WEEK, and especially, SENIOR CITIZEN APPRECIATION MONTH were indefinitely cancelled,
Then, the school year ended with no summer camps. None of the programs I’d usually volunteer at opened. Those that were held, had become “VIRTUAL”. I’ve remained socially distant, going no further than my front porch since March 11. All of my regular summer activities became nonexistent. The pool where I had began to frequent for Aqua-Therapy also closed. As a recent retiree, my financial situation was fine! No worries at all! But, suddenly I was in a precarious predicament. Plenty of time and money, but no place to go! I felt as though I have been “LAID OFF” with pay until further notice.
So I have become acquainted with living in the new Virtual World. Zoom has become my way of traveling, communicating and attending various workshops, seminars and conferences all over the world. I now conduct an online Arts & Crafts Club for Children on Facebook. And I have also joined a letter writing ministry with my local church congregation. My iPad and house phone have suddenly become my two best friends. They keep me from getting bored. To the contrary, I have become extremely busy now!
Are there any other women living on rocks experiencing similar situations?