Not Quite in Lockdown: Astronauts & Booksellers

We’re not in lockdown, but we’ve been asked to stay home except for necessary trips to the store, pharmacy, etc. We’re  despondent. We wish they could have rolled this out weeks ago, one thing at a time.  But we keep telling ourselves, Buck up!  And thanking our blessings for what we’ve got.

I keep asking myself, What would my mother do?  And though she was terrified of storms, she survived floods and tornadoes. Her church was destroyed by a tornado and her finished basement was afloat with debris during a flood.  

This is what we’ve got:  lockdown, or not quite lockdown.  And we take hope where we find it.  Have you been reading about bookstores with curbside service, or book delivery by bicycle?  Wouldn’t the latter be fun?

Here is the best thing I’ve read all day:  Astronaut Scott Kelly’s essay, “I spent a year in space. I know something about isolation.”

It begins,

Being stuck at home can be challenging. When I lived on the International Space Station for nearly a year, it wasn’t easy. When I went to sleep, I was at work. When I woke up, I was still at work. Flying in space is probably the only job you absolutely cannot quit.

But I learned some things during my time up there that I’d like to share — because they are about to come in handy again, as we all confine ourselves at home to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. Here are a few tips on living in isolation, from someone who has been there.

Stay safe and calm!

And good wishes from Thornfield Hall.

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