What an odd week this has been.
For two of the Abrahamic faiths, this is one of the most important weeks on the calendar. Passover and Eastertide center on God’s deliverance but are remembered in community…neither were intended to be celebrated in isolation.
This is the week I usually spend a lot of time at church. Midday services during the week. Maundy Thursday. Good Friday. The Great Vigil of Easter on Saturday night, then of course church on Sunday. Last night, I watched a Good Friday service from my laptop. What a peculiar year this has been…
I miss flying. I miss my favorite coffee shops. But most of all, I miss church, which has sensibly been online-only for the last month. Can you imagine hundreds of people getting sick from one person? It may happen every flu season, but I am happy that most churches, synagogues, and mosques have wisely not served as incubators for this virus during a time of heightened public tension and concerted efforts to “flatten the curve”.
And I wish I could say the extra time at home has given me more time to eliminate hurry from my life and come to appreciate and ponder life’s greater meanings, but I’ve been as busy as ever with my import/export business as we have shifted into the acquisition and distribution of personal protective equipment…in fact, I haven’t watched TV or Netflix or a movie in over a week.
When COVID-19 broke out in the United States, you may recall my initial reaction was to downplay it. And while I still question the sagacity of some measures we have taken, I’ve joined the bandwagon to the extent that I am doing my upmost to limit all contact with others to avoid catching this virus or spreading it if I happen to be an incubator.
I had really hoped that this virus would give me time my time to take a breather; to sleep more and to catch up on long neglected projects like sorting through my junk and even working on the backend of this blog to make it more user-friendly. That really has not happened yet, though Heidi and I have been working very hard to organize every drawer and cabinet inside the house and I did spend some time out in the garden earlier this week.
When I talk to friends and family, I hear most are just sort of sitting around and chilling. Part of me desires that chance. I’d love to spend my days perfecting my latte art and reading my stack of books that have piled up. Instead, I’m still churning out four blog posts despite decimated revenue (“labor of love” I keep repeating to myself) and putting in 10-hour days in the office (no employees anymore at the office, but my three-year-old makes work at home difficult…). I guess I should be thankful that Award Expert is on hiatus…
I guess my point is that it really set in this week how life has changed. Yes, my favorite restaurants and coffee shops are closed. Yes, I don’t visit friends or airports anymore. And yes, I have not even been to church in four weeks. But by going into the office and staying very busy, life has not changed all that much. And yet spending Holy Week at home…what an odd week indeed.