With uncertainty comes fear

I’m a bit of a loner and introvert so the social distancing wasn’t that big of deal until I realized I couldn’t give my mom (who suffers from respiratory problems) the usual hug and kiss when I visit her. I also don’t go inside of her home in stand in the yard while she sits on the porch in fear that I may be asymptomatic and infect her with COVID-19. Usually our house is the social gathering spot for all children on the block, because I have a 7-year old, basketball goal and trampoline. My son cried when we moved the basketball goal to the back yard and told him he cannot play with his friends due to the pandemic. He had a meltdown. he was also sad about not being able to go to school and see his classmates in person. He is the social butterfly (unlike his mom, dad, and brother LOL). On a much lighter note, I have never cleaned, cooked, baked, and read more than I have now. Also I have had time to connect more with God, my husband, and sons). I try to look on the bright side no matter what adversity I face. Mentally I have good and bad days but doing my best to practice self-care and thrive. Thank you for listening. Be well

About This Story

  • Project: COVID-19
  • Date submitted: April 29, 2020
  • Emotional tone: Positive
  • Who should know about this? Everyone

About the Storyteller

  • Community: South Bay
  • Age: 41-50
  • Gender: Female
  • Concerns: Being around too many people, Employment, Health of the community, and Safety of those who can't care for themselves

How the Storyteller Interpreted Their Story

Note: Responses which fell closer to the middle (between two or three options) are shown as two dashes.
  • My story shows we need to: Focus on the here and now
  • Who my story is about: --
  • Why people acted the way they did: They are trying to get by
  • How people were treated: Some people are worth more than others
  • In my story, there are: NA
  • In my story: --
  • My story shows: --
  • My story teaches us that: The community is vulnerable
  • My story teaches us that: The community is volatile
  • My story is about: Fear