Confusing,Confusion, Confused.

My family has changed its dynamics since the virus was considered a problem for my community. My son, who was working in a foreign country was forced to leave. Although he had planned to relocate to another country, all borders have been closed, so he is coming back to the U.S.A., and plans to be quarantined for awhile. Of course, he will live with me, his sister and my grand-daughter. This will put a strain on our monetary resources, but, unlike others, we do have a place to live at the moment. At the same time, his brother’s job has been suspended, untill virus complications end. This means that he too, will have no income and will look to his family for help. We are already aware of food pantries, but where do we find additional beds and furniture, etc. for those who may be moving in with family. At the same time, the virus has caused disruption in my grand-daughters schooling. I am not pleased with having to figure out what 5th grade work she is expected to complete. I went on Google Classroom, found her teachers, but no explanation as too which assignments to complete, etc. I did ask her and she could not tell me either. Very confusing, very confusing. Also, my grand-daughter does not have a lap-top. How is she expected to do her work without that tool? Oh, did I add that I have a person with substance abuse that I am responsible for and that I am on Social Security. Indeed, it seems like neither myself nor those around me are handling these disruptions well. However, my family, at least, are doing the best we can under trying circumstances. The information I am getting on all levels, except for the information from the City of Boynton Beach and my doctor, have been confusing at best. But, I realize that this is new, and that everyone is working hard with new territory, but I guess the most frustrating thing is the uncertainty. Finally, We have noticed an increase of drug sales in our neighborhood. I am concerned that job losses and human fear will increase drug problems in my community. So any pointers on how to handle unsettling change will be very helpful.

About This Story

  • Project: COVID-19
  • Date submitted: March 19, 2020
  • Emotional tone: Negative
  • Who should know about this? Leaders who make decisions

About the Storyteller

  • Community: Boynton Beach
  • Age: Over 61
  • Gender: Female
  • Concerns: Employment, Health of my friends and/or family, Health of the community, My child's education, My health, and Safety of my neighborhood

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  • Why people acted the way they did: They are trying to get by
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  • My story teaches us that: The community is vulnerable
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