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2020….

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We’re only 3 and a half months in and what an epic year it’s been, so far. It can only get better right? Let’s hope.

2020, the year everything stopped, literally…EVERYTHING.

The year schools closed. Graduations cancelled. Weddings postponed, some cancelled, some went on with a slight change of plans.

People started hoarding toilet paper. For reasons I’m still not clear on. FYI, panic hoarding has moved to pasta, dried beans and rice. Seriously, go try to buy a bag dried limas. You can’t.

What is now norm….

Waiting in lines to get into the grocery store, or Walmart, what ever is your preference. Wearing masks everywhere you go, including the bank. Whoever thought you would walk into a bank wearing a mask and no one calls the FBI. Strange times we live in.

Curbside pick up for food you would normally eat INSIDE your favorite restaurants. We did this last night, when you have to have Mexican food you will do anything to get it, am I right? Yes, I think I am.

Grocery workers now being considered “essential workers” and now being thanked for doing our jobs rather than being yelled at for doing our jobs (You’re welcome)

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I mean seriously, if it weren’t for us grocery workers you wouldn’t have toilet paper.

2020…

The year hospital ships are docked in 2 major shipping ports in the US to help take stress off of the hospitals and the amazing healthcare workers who put their lives on the line daily to care for the sick and dying. Thank you, you incredible heroes for your selfless dedication to the care of others.

The year central park was turned into a field hospital to help in the care of those sick in NYC.

The year churches were closed. We now stream our services and can go to church in our pjs.

So many things, I could go on forever.

Welcome to the covidverse.

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The New Normal

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The streets have less cars on them. There’s no one at the restaurants, Except for those picking up to go orders. Drive thrus are busier than normal. There are now lines to get into grocery stores and only so many people allowed inside at a time. Maybe this will stop the panic hoarding. Every morning I watch the people rush into our store and the first place they go is the toilet paper aisle. Do they really need that toilet paper? Probably not since we see the same people every morning.

We’re ordered to stay home, except for essential business.  It’s rare to see someone without a mask on their face. We can’t hug our friends. You never know who may be carrying this virus.

and…..

We can’t gather as a church family to celebrate Resurrection day.

What a strange world we live in.

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Life As We Know It…

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A day in the life of a grocery employee….

I never thought I would live in a time where the words “I’m going to the store to see what groceries I can find” would come out of my mouth,  Yet here were are. People wait at the doors before they open, Some even pound on them to be let in before everyone else.  Employees have to call to be let into the store, It’s like a covert operation. Though it is starting to get a little better, people still flock to the stores and buy much more than necessary (what will they do with all the toilet paper when this is over?) Until yesterday I wouldn’t let my 72 year old mother out of the house. I asked my facebook people if I knew anyone locally making masks. A friend brought me 2 she had made. I feel a little better about letting mom go to the store if she needs to, but not much. Unfortunately if we employees want anything, we have to be part of the heard at the doors before 6am or buy before our shift, if we are lucky enough to have an opening shift. Even then you still may not get what you need or want. We have dedicated elderly hours. Can we please have dedicated “Employee only” hours?

Our department managers are doing the best they can to get product back on the shelves. They order and order but the warehouses can only do so much as well. It’s a domino effect. Stripe the stores clean and you stripe the warehouses clean because they have more than one empty store to refill. When supply is greater than demand it’s no problem but the tables have turned. Will things get back to normal? Sure but it will take a while.

My town/county has been hit but not as hard as some areas of the state. The worst hit in my county has been the Navajo Nation. There have been a few local cases but not many. What is scary is that, soon, the summer residents will be coming up from the hardest hit areas of the state. Putting more stress on our already depleted resources (Yes I know it’s like that everywhere).   I don’t know what they think they will find. Everything is closed. We can’t gather. Heck, today is Palm Sunday and we can’t even go to church, Thank goodness for technology and we can listen to our pastors online.

On the brighter side of things, people seem to be a little nicer, a little more patient. I did, in the beginning, hear one customer complaining to management about the lack of toilet paper (had he been watching the news?) From a personal perspective, I get yelled at (about things completely out of my control) a lot less than normal. I get thanked for doing my job (which is completely unheard of in my department)

Anyway, I could go on rambling for hours.

We’ll get through this, just hang in there…

 

PS…Please stop buying all the paper products…