These are very, very unusual times. This is supposed to be my spring break. I planned to catch up on some of my readings, write a paper and get prepared for the rest of the school year. Instead my inbox has been overflowing with messages about the Coronavirus, messages asking me to outline how I’m moving all my courses online and messages about social distancing. I can’t concentrate on my research paper. I don’t want to read a journal article and the news is just depressing. To say it is all overwhelming is an understatement. I don’t even know what to expect next week when school starts again and everything is online. My University just announced that commencement ceremonies will be cancelled and I know my seniors will be devastated. It all just seems so very surreal.
Although I don’t always seem like it, I’m a hermit. My home is filled with the things I love, I’m comfortable and I have knitting to keep my hands occupied and help calm my nerves. But it all definitely feels off. I’ve been FaceTiming my mom and sisters because I work at a university filled with college students who (unfortunately) didn’t see the big deal about washing hands and being vigilant about germs. I don’t know if I have Coronavirus (testing seems to not be a readily available thing) and I would hate to pass it to my family, friends or neighbors so I’m staying indoors for now.
In spite of all of this, I’m still hopeful and thankful that I’m here and I’m ok. Even if I get the virus, I’ve been staying home and staying away and I know I’ll be okay. I’m still teaching, so I’ll get paid and I’ve saved up money for the summer, but I can’t help but worry about so many people whose livelihoods will be impacted by all of this. I’m hopeful that everyone will be okay. So if you’re getting stressed or freaking out, pick up a ball from your stash and start knitting. If you feel claustrophobic, step outside and take a walk. If you’ve got a dog, spend an hour just playing with them and their toys. I’ve seen lots of virtual knit nights and lots of designers doing pattern sales in an effort to help boost their income. Let’s do what we do best, knit. Knit a present for your neighbor, a gift for your Mom, a blanket for a new baby. Make something that will make you smile and know that we will get through this.