Only other olde school marms or perfectionists can possibly relate to this….
First day of class with a new crop of students. Dress hurriedly and rush very early to school “to make finishing touches” on classroom before students arrive. Just as I’m completing the day’s Welcome and other chalkboard instructions, I have an accident and am forced to remove my slacks. Students with some parents begin to fill my elementary classroom. Telling one parent, “I’ll “be right back”, I rush out to find principal to have someone “cover” until I can return “fully dressed”. Of course, the principal is MIA. And
Thankfully, I’ve had few remembered dreams/nightmares since the Covid cyclone struck. However, the most novice dream interpreter can connect the analogy of relationships between virus and personal mortifications this nightmare produced.
1st: “First” the descent of the sudden, worldwide-never-before-pandemic no one was adequately prepared for;
2nd: Lack of preparedness and the frantic “rush” to meet the emergency lead to dire and unexpected consequences;
3rd: As unsuspecting students (population at large) and adults (experts) scramble to arrive and meet the new challenges, I along with others “got caught with our pants down”;
4th: There will be no “getting right back” to the way our lives were lived before;
5th: The U.S. has no principal (president) available to guide, “cover” instruct, protect the “classroom” of us until a vaccine can be created and disbursed in time to prevent additional calamities of joblessness, illness and death for masses of still more innocent people;
Awakening unnerved by the nightmare this morning, I realize there is more I can do to better prepare for a possible emergency affecting myself and the lives of my loved ones in the days ahead.
Are others of you also reviewing financial, medical, personal, pet, family care instructions or taking other steps to insure that more of your affairs are in order and up to date? What am I forgetting to consider or actively address?
We will come through this trying time but working together will make us all better prepared. Best to all, Fiesty Grammer