Reality Settling In

DSC08500Our national character is being tested with a killer virus, and I’m beginning to realize all I’ve taken for granted.  Being restricted is forcing Ruth and me to think about all those things we might not get to do for a while, maybe a long time.  Below are only 10 of them.

It will be a time before we find ourselves stepping into an almost full elevator.

There will be no such thing as being a member of an audience.

Even going to the grocery store is changing.  Last Sunday morning at 9 am Ruth and I were standing in a line waiting to get into a Trader Joe’s.  Standing in line with a bunch of strangers was suddenly a bigger risk than driving in rush hour traffic.

No more greeting family members with hugs.  Yesterday our son-in-law and grandson stopped by.  We had a conversation on either side of a patio gate since they would not open it and come into our house to honor the need for social distancing.

We have fear of flying while trying to remember the last time we were not on a full flight.  How ironic!

There will be no more crossing international borders for a while.  We can put away our passports and almost forget where they are.

Italy!  Yesterday a desired destination: for now a pleasant memory.  The good news is that for 2 consecutive days the number of new cases in that country has gone down.  The bad news is that some officials have predicted an eventual 640,000 cases of COVID-19 there.

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No more parade watching or holiday gatherings.

The days of getting in a car and going to an attraction may become only memories.

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Hank

About roadsrus

Since the beginning, I've had to avoid writing about the downside of travel in order to sell more than 100 articles. Just because something negative happened doesn't mean your trip was ruined. But tell that to publishers who are into 5-star cruise and tropical beach fantasies. I want to tell what happened on my way to the beach, and it may not have been all that pleasant. My number one rule of the road is...today's disaster is tomorrow's great story. My travel experiences have appeared in about twenty magazines and newspapers. I've been in all 50 states more than once and more than 50 countries. Ruth and I love to travel internationally--Japan, Canada, China, Argentina, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, etc. Within the next 2 years we will have visited all of the European countries. But our favorite destination is Australia. Ruth and I have been there 9 times. I've written a book about Australia's Outback, ALONE NEAR ALICE, which is available through both Amazon & Barnes & Noble. My first fictional work, MOVING FORWARD, GETTING NOWHERE, has recently been posted on Amazon. It's a contemporary, hopefully funny re-telling of The Odyssey. View all posts by roadsrus

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