Monday, March 15, 2021

Making a full circle


A year ago, I was thinking about corned beef and cabbage and I was wondering what "shut down" meant and about how long it would last. I was thinking that it would last a few weeks and then, it would end. I believed that I was going to greet Easter at church, and life would continue as if it were never interrupted.

Clearly, I didn't have much information or understanding of the COVID-19 pandemic. But then again, I think that all of us were pretty clueless a year ago. Since then, I've learned a whole new vocabulary. Herd immunity, social distancing, quarantine, isolation, face mask (I'm not sure where else you would place the mask, but okay), infection rates, asymptomatic, ventilator, proning, Fauci Ouchie, and so much more. 

We have now come full circle. One year. One trip of the earth around the sun. Once again, I'm thinking about corned beef and cabbage. I'm thinking about the daffodils that have started sprouting from the ground. I'm thinking about seed bombs and gardening tools. I'm thinking about life and death and hope and heartbreak, and I am wondering how we heal from all of this. 

For me, documenting this experience has been a way to keep going. I've been documenting through my blog and through a visual journal and with my camera. I feel that documenting is so important. It's a way to keep our stories alive for the future. So, in my blog for the Blogging from A to Z challenge next month, I am going to share reflections on my journey in words and pictures, and I am going to interview other people so that I can share their voices and their stories. It will be a small oral history project. My goal is to expand the oral history, to include more on Western New York and, when the U.S.-Canada border is open, to share the oral history of the Niagara River. This is my hope and my dream and I hope my way of doing honor to those that we've lost, as well as the heroes who have kept us going and all of us.

If you have ideas of things that you'd like me to write about in the challenge next month, please feel free to mention them in the comments section below or in social media sites!

I look forward to seeing you during the April A to Z blogging challenge. 

#atozchallenge #atozchallenge2021


Jeanine Byers said...

I would love it if you wrote about the people who have what they are calling long-term COVID. Experts are comparing it to chronic fatigue syndrome, which is what I have, and indeed, you can get CFS after any respiratory illness, but some of the symptoms are different enough that I think they deserve attention. Especially since at this point, so much is still not understood. It isn't enough yet, to say, oh, they're getting CFS. Let's get clearer. So, the more attention we bring to it, the better.

Susan Sanderson said...

Visiting back from the #AtoZChallenge theme reveal. You have a very attractive blog and a worthwhile project for A to Z. Hope the challenge goes well for you. I'll try to visit, time allowing. :-)

Iain Kelly said...

Look forward to hearing your story and from others. Good luck with the challenge.

Anne M Bray said...

Alice, this is an important A-Z series! A second cousin is a Long Hauler (she also used to live in Boston, NY). I'm sure she'd be happy to chat with you. Email me and I'll hook you up.
Thanks for joining my link-up!

BTW, the shoes A-Z is here:

Martha said...

What a great topic for your A-Z challenge Alice! It's hard to believe a year has gone by since Covid started. I'll be interested on your daily take on your views and photos!

Lady In Read said...

Love the topic you picked for the A-Z, Alice; and I know it will be wonderful to read those insightful posts and interviews..
I am still working on choosing between a couple of options for this challenge and hope to finalize by this week

Kate Loving Shenk said...

I look forward to reading your blog in April!

JazzFeathers said...

You were not alone. I too had that impression, and it feels so crazy to me after one year, now that I udnerstand this pandemic a little better.

You're doing a great job!

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