A Year On

     On the third of March last year, I first mentioned the coronavirus on the blog, wondering about its spread. Then gradually, with no real uh-oh moment, we learned new words and phrases: fomite, flatten the curve, shelter in place, social distancing, super spreader. It shocked when Italy shut down, but by mid-month Washington followed suit. Masks quickly became standard, as did virtual work, school, and social life. Hugging went the way of touching our faces.

     But at no point early did I imagine that a year later COVID-19 would have killed upwards of 500,000 Americans. Now we can answer the questions posed as the year wore on: Will the winter of 2020 be better? Or the darkest winter we’ve ever known?

     I just mark this anniversary, and for a moment think about then and now. It’s discouraging to face how badly the past administration did, but heartening to watch the new one attempt to set things right. At first vaccines seemed a matter of years in the future – and now everyone is scrambling to get one of three approved vaccines. (Speedy vaccine development made possible by scientific breakthroughs, and by the appalling amount of virus circulating in the country.)

     And I try to appreciate that vaccine miracle as we negotiate the new uncertainties. We’ve grown familiar and comfortable with masks and distance, and I try not to think about the variants with their uncatchy number names. But nothing seems certain anymore. And we are a little numbed I think, very accustomed to Zoom life with family and friends, maybe a little nervous to actually be with them. With two shots aboard, my friend of longstanding visited hers, and commented, “it’s real life in an unknown time.”

     I loved reading about happiness at vaccination centers. Surely the coming spring and summer will bring an easing of anxiety and return of trust – an end to this COVID year’s dearth of joy.

5 thoughts on “A Year On

  1. I see hope of life attempting its normal patterns, pre-covid, when just yesterday I met 3 friends to celebrate our each having completed our second shots. It seemed to be a breakthrough!

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  2. Things do seem more hopeful, for sure. And your V ladies are so colorful with their primroses. I’m cheered every time I walk by the displays of these spring blooms at the grocery store, and now, here in Portland, coming up from the winter-wet ground.

    • For longtime Alaskans such as we are, the early bloom and copious green of the Northwest is so appreciated! It can be gray and green here – your searches for winter color have been great!

  3. It’s been a long long year–that has, in retrospect, flown by. I’m cautiously hopeful–if only enough people will get vaccinated and refrain from careless behavior a bit longer.

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