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    I don't think that stocking up on cat litter and food qualifies as hoarding. Were the litter and cat food in sufficient quantity on the shelves?

    Today, I listened to a couple of experts, who echoed what ANN said about hoarding being a form of control. When we're told that the C-virus is spreading, that there are no vaccines or cures for it, and that we should self-isolate and avoid crowds, people fear the worst. They want to gather up all of the supplies to keep them safe, while they isolate at home.

    I understand that visceral response to an extent. When I first heard about the toilet paper and paper towels being devoured by anxious folks, I checked our supply, and I was relieved that we have enough on hand to last us for a couple of weeks. I felt a little like, "Well, at least we don't have to worry about that."

    John texted this morning and said that if we need anything from the store, he would try to find it for us. He is a rep for a distributor, so he is in grocery stores and Target every day. He said, "it's just craziness in the stores." Empty shelves everywhere, but still people pouring in to see if they can find that one last roll of toilet paper.

    I asked if his teenage daughter's volleyball tournaments were cancelled. He said not only volleyball, but school, and her prom. So, she is not going to school, which I'm sure is not making her or her friends happy. She's very popular, and she is with a group of friends, who do everything together. Boys and girls, some dating each other, some not, just having fun. They are all very smart, athletic, and social. I'll bet the iPhones are buzzing day and night.

    My prayer is that this chaos will calm within a week or so. Once it has set in that we're dealing with a pandemic, and life has to change for us, I pray we'll all adjust. Jim and I don't have to adjust. As I told the pharmacy tech today, when I ordered Jim's supplies for tomorrow's port blood draw, "We've been self-isolating long before that term was invented."

    Perhaps there are lessons for us here. For example, this will teach us to slow down our pace and not take everything, including toilet paper, for granted. Being forced to be isolated from others might also make us appreciate our loved ones more. It might cause us to be more productive in our home. Clean out that closet or attic that's been unattended for decades. Plant a garden. Paint the house. Read a book sitting in front of a cozy fire or outside on a sunny day.

    Maybe we can all embrace the saying, "Life is what you make it."

    This has always been our motto in our home. We take Paul McCartney's guidance in "Hey Jude": "Don't make it bad. Take a sad song and make it better."

    Every person on Earth is facing the C-virus crisis. Everyone is at risk, some have a risk greater than others. We have to think of each other as neighbors and do our best to contain the virus by following the guidelines of the CDC, WHO and scientists. And as neighbors, we have to help each other any way that we are able to help.

    Be safe and well everyone.

    Love & Light,



    Rose
    Mom to Jon, 49, and Michael, 32, who were born with an undiagnosed progressive neuromuscular disease and courageous spirits. Our Angel Michael received his wings in 2003. Our Angel Jon received his wings April 2019. April 2020, Jim, the world's most wonderful Dad, joined them. Now, they all watch over me.

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