Typically, I am the kind of person you want around in a crisis/ urgent/ emergent situation because I’ve always been able to act quickly and logically under enormous amounts of pressure. However, as news about COVID-19 started hitting closer to home both figuratively and literally, it was all I could do to even go through the motions of the last several days.
This year had already started off with news that my father is terminally ill, a trip to the hospital for my grandma, a funeral for a friend’s father, some health circumstances of my own and a tornado that devastated people and businesses that we care for deeply.
Then COVID-19 (Corona Virus) comes along. It was like we got a double punch here in Nashville with the tornado and then this. This was/is uncharted territory for us and though we took the threat of the virus seriously, it takes it to a new level when the president, governor and mayor start making declarations and putting orders in place. Cancelations started to come through fast– because, like me, our guests started to realize how real this was- it was just all so much.
If you know me at all, you know that hosting is far more than an income for me- welcoming guests is something that truly brings me joy. To have the onslaught of cancels happen in just a short time period, combined with everything else that had happened this year and then that trip to Florida we’d just scheduled now being a no-go because nearly everyone we would be going to see falls into a “high risk” category…. it’s all left me feeling numb. A feeling that I think many of us have been grappling with since this all started.
The last few weeks I did something I rarely let myself do: be sad and take it easy. It has proven to be rather therapeutic. This weekend I was able to get out and enjoy the outdoors in between the rain(at an acceptable social distance, of course) and spend some quality time with Richard and June. Finally, a more normal version of myself has reappeared and I am in a place where I have come to accept what is going on and I am full-on productivity mode. J
We have had time now to decide how we’ll operate our homes during this time to safely welcome guests that absolutely have to travel, we’ve created the “corona clean” to cleanse our homes for future guests AND we’ve come up with a way to stay connected while social distancing. I have put together a mini- blog series outlining all of these items for our guests (click next to the arrows to read more on each topic).
We hope to stay connected during this unprecedented time (virtually, of course) and look forward to seeing everyone on the other side of this. Until then, please stay well.
Yours in social distancing,
Megan McCrea (and Richard & June, too)