This is a Really Real Widow Post.
I wonder how she’d be handling this?
We didn’t leave the house for weeks at a time when we were at our worst, but I still wonder how Parker would have reacted to a pandemic and social distancing?
How would she have reacted when we lived in florida and we were close to her friends? Would that have made a difference? We were pretty isolated up here anyway, we didn’t really spend time with anyone.
How would she have calmed my fears? What jokes would she have made? Would she have broken down?
She was always the stronger one from the outside looking in.
What foods would she want, knowing we needed to shop as little as possible? Which comfort meals would she want me to cook?
What kind of order would she need around the house?
We were used to being in the same space all of the time. That was our normal. Neither of us could work most of the time, neither of us had lives outside of our home. We were inseparable to a fault. That would have come in handy right now.
I also wonder how horrible this would have been if we lived in the homeless shelter while this was happening?
What precautions are they putting in place?
How scary is it there right now, knowing that this could infect the entire shelter in a matter of days? So many vulnerable people in such a small space.
I’m so thankful my life is where it’s at right now. I’m glad I live in my own space. I’m glad I can buy groceries. I’m glad I don’t have to worry about keeping the lights on.
I’m thankful she’s missing this particular part of life. I’m glad she doesn’t have to struggle through this. She doesn’t have to be afraid that her mom will get sick, or her aunts. She doesn’t have to worry about losing a friend or loved one.
Widowhood is in every facet of my life. It’s always there, quietly whispering. It’s here too. It’s in the middle of a worldwide crisis. It’s in the middle of social distancing. It’s in the middle of a pandemic.
It’s always with me, and it makes me wonder.