Chronicles of the Plague Year #7

Well, that was yet another week of the lock-down.

The other evening, eighteen members of the Grandview Heritage Group (GHG) had their monthly meeting — by Zoom.  There were a few minutes of “no video” or “no audio” from various participants but we got that straightened out pretty quick, and got on with what was just like a regular meeting. We had three separate presentations, some announcements, and just enough friendly chatter between colleagues who haven’t seen each other for well over a month. It was well worth the effort and I thank the folks who made it all work.

Of course, if you believe some of the Zoom conspiracy stories doing the rounds, all of us GHG folks are now pawns in the hands of the Chinese security police — as if that is somehow worse than being in Facebook’s databanks.

The lock-down is definitely getting tedious.  However, I just spoke with my mother who is a nursing home in England and she set me straight on what real tedium can be.  She has been locked up in her care home now for about four weeks, with no visitors of any kind, none of the weekly entertainments she has grown to enjoy, and with no close friends among the other patients. Almost blind, she can barely enjoy the television, her radio has broken, and the telephone company won’t send anyone to install her new phone during the pandemic.

What’s more, several of her equally aged friends and former neighbours have recently died and she is not there to mourn them. The neighbour who did her gardening is the latest victim.  Her only relief is to sit by the open window and feel the breeze. At 92, she wonders if she will still be alive when the crisis is over.

She sounded so bored, frankly, that I know I have nothing comparable to complain about.


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