Pandemic Diary in Six Word Segments
A Short Memoir by Ellen Brandt
Written one year later: March 2021
School closed tomorrow for ‘deep cleaning’
It was kinda nice, at first.
Bewilderment: Empty shelves at grocery store.
Glad we have enough toilet paper.
Two-week shutdown? That makes sense.
So many funny videos about lockdown.
Yes! We are flattening the curve!
Public parks closed, please stay home?
When will we return to ‘normal’?
Do we need to sanitize groceries?
Should we be wearing face masks?
Risk calculation factors into mundane decisions!
Grocery shopping once every two weeks
Virtual church congregants idolize Alan’s Arm
Mom prohibited from leaving retirement community.
Remote school starts; steep learning curve.
Recording good instructional videos is hard.
Some students are not signing in.
Online book club provides social outlet.
“Zoom” is glue holding us together.
Mom can’t figure out video conferencing.
Mask mandate, glasses fog, can’t see.
Grateful for housemates; son and dog.
Grateful for pants with elastic waists.
Crap! I forgot my mask again.
Wish I could hug my mom
This has gone on too long.
Escape to cottage on Maine coast.
Maine pariah: car with Massachusetts plates.
Neck gaiter; mask alternative when hiking
No, wait: Neck gaiters don’t work
Yes, Neck gaiters OK, if Folded
Conflicting information complicates good decision making
Sons working remotely, we spend summer together!
School will reopen in “hybrid “ model.
Two weeks for teachers to prepare.
We’re all “first year” educators now.
So much technology to figure out.
How will we keep everyone safe?
Every single lesson plan needs reinventing!
Students divided by address into “Pods”
One Pod in building, other remote.
About 30% choose Remote Learning only.
Students return; masked and socially distanced.
School feels eerily quiet and empty.
Exhaustion; Too many changes at once!