“Coloradans can now get tattoos.” That was the lead of a news article discussing the end to our governor’s stay-at-home order. Under the new safer-at-home approach, we are not ordered to stay home, just “strongly advised” to stay at home. Will this make a difference for oldies? Not much. We’re retired. No escaping the house to a workplace.
It’s going to be a long time till we can hit a bar or restaurant with friends and family. We do some social-distancing with them; but, time together is usually cut short because we have to get home to hit the john.
Is vanity playing a big part in decisions by some governors to relax stay-at-home orders? Salons are now open! Looking good; feeling good. We have been struggling with manicures and especially pedicures. Just not as flexible as we used to be; bad news for our toes. And, we strongly recommend against cutting your own hair after a quarantini or two.
Some governors are allowing gyms to open. Familiar with the term “Freshman 15”? That is how much weight students are expected to gain in their first year of college, 15 pounds. Hmmm. Worried about the implications of the term Covid-19???
Okay, the good news is that we haven’t run out of toilet paper. And, we’re saving money on dry cleaning. It’s not like we’re getting dressed up to go to grocery, liquor, and hardware stores or pharmacies or marijuana dispensaries.
Our water bill may drop too since we’re living in our PJs most of the time and doing less laundry. But we are washing our hands more often. Hmmm. Guess that might be a wash. (Did we just hear a giggle or was that a groan???)
Saving money isn’t any consolation. While the media often refers to staying home as a lockdown, we jokingly describe it as being locked up. Yes, yes, we know it is absolutely the right thing to do; but. We are getting lots of emails from friends with the same message: this is getting tougher. The novelty has worn off. We’re antsy.
It’s fun to hear from people we haven’t heard from for ages, suddenly checking in to see if we are alive. And, it’s been entertaining to get lots of inquiries from young neighbors asking if they can pick up anything for us at the store. Huh? We can still drive! Then we realized loads of organizations have urged people to help the elderly. And, by definition, we are the elderly! Hate that term.
Since we are oldies and at a higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19, we asked ourselves: is it smart to take advantage of senior hours at grocery stores? Does lumping a bunch of vulnerable seniors together at one time make sense—even if we might get to the toilet paper first? We all have a pre-existing condition—aging.
Good thing we can’t walk into our banks. Wearing masks could create panic. Now we just bring multiple disinfectant wipes when we drive through or use the ATM.
We have used some of our new-found free time to do a bunch of stuff around the house. Some projects are just so boring that we stopped. And, social distancing at Home Depot is a challenge. Besides, it’s just so easy to say: I’ll do that tomorrow. Ah…procrastination!
We still don’t know for sure whether Covid-19 will result in more babies than breakups. But, one national law firm reports that they’ve gotten so many calls about divorce that they’ve added extra hours. Divorce mediation is now online. A hint, maybe?
So our Wrinkled Wisdom for today? Hang in there. Don’t forget your mask. Call your insurance company and drop insurance on that second car for a couple of months. Step outside at 8 p.m. and scream and shout and howl to honor our healthcare and frontline workers. Think pork plant closings and hoard bacon. If you are bored, count Dr. Birx’s scarves. And, take note. A Maryland police department just issued a warning: “Please remember to put pants on before leaving the house to check your mailbox. You know who you are. This is your final warning.”