Essential Run

Officials are saying it's not time to start stockpiling your groceries

I ventured out today. To the store. Not because I wanted to, but because I had to. We needed supplies. That’s what a person has to do when essential supplies are needed.

So I donned a face mask and put hand sanitizer in my pocket….and went inside.

Funny thing is…I was the only person wearing one and the store was full of shoppers. Some funny looking stares were cast my way as well.

All I could think was…do all of these people think they’re invincible? Are they not paying attention to the news? Do they simply not care or are they of the mentality that it can’t happen to them? Whatever reason(s) it was, for the first time ever in my life while out shopping, I felt awkward, even a little bit paranoid, watching the actions of others, listening for coughs or sneezes, careful to keep my distance, cautious not to touch anything that didn’t go into my buggy, sanitizing every few minutes, and scrubbing my hands like mad when I returned home.

Then it struck me…people were doing what needed to be done because they had to. I wasn’t the only one needing supplies, they did as well. And taking a chance by running to the store is what we’re going to have to do if the need arises. Is there a possibility of being exposed to COVID-19? Absolutely. It is my belief that everyone, at some point, will be exposed to some degree, if they haven’t been already.

I knew that I had no choice but to go because the groceries and supplies weren’t going to come to me, but I didn’t act rashly and I wasn’t stupid about it. I took necessary precautions and didn’t stay inside the store for any longer than I needed to. I did these things not only for my own safety, but for the safety of those around me. Until this is all over with and we get the green light to carry on as usual, this is what a huge majority of people are going to have to do.

When we’re sitting inside our homes, safe and snug in our comfort zones, doing everything we do daily, whether cooking, cleaning or watching television, it is so easy to forget what’s going on outside, in the real world, and I have to constantly remind myself of that.

If you have to go out, take precautions and use safety measures. In addition to yourself, consider others by following the 6′ apart guidelines, wash and sanitize your hands. The life you save could very well be your own.

By the way, I still didn’t find any toilet paper!!

Stay safe out there people, and may God be with you all.

Until next time.

Take care and God Bless!!

Glenda

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