So now we’re at… week 2 of working from home, probably somewhere like week three for being closed to the public? Check with local health authorities and those folks as they know best, but from the information I’ve picked up, we’ll be in this boat for a little bit. I’m sure many of you are looking for something to do, some way to look forward to a future where we can all go outside and enjoy the company of others without fear. I know I am. I miss seeing friends and family, not to mention thrift shopping, the Redwood Empire Quilters Guild, going to a movie… But I get why we have to do what we have to do, so I’ll keep myself busy with work, sewing, baking, and reading. Ah, and of course hanging out with my absolutely archaic cat, Kitty (she’s 21 and I think is powered by sunlight).
I’m part of a Facebook Group called Archivist Think Tank (along with a few other history-related groups) and someone mentioned the idea of encouraging people to write about their experiences during this time in journals, and later donate those journals (or copies) to their local history organizations for future researchers trying to understand the pandemic’s affect on the community. (Not to mention that journaling is a great way to relax and decompress after a difficult day or event).
These things - events, experiences, items- stay with us and we carry them with us for the rest of our lives, physically and mentally. I didn’t lose my house in that fire or the ones that have happened in more recent years, but I know people who did and they will tell you the same thing.
So break out some paper and jot down your thoughts in this crazy time, make some art, do some baking (I’d like to see a recipe book somehow come out of this) and we will hear from you as we trek through it together and on the other side when we can all get out in the streets and dance together- and get burritos from Los Giles at the Friday Night Market. YUM.
Until then, stay safe, stay healthy, and stay home!