September 20, 2021 – WDIIA

What Day Is It Anyway?

What Day is it Anyway was started by Linda Hill sometime after we entered the pandemic. We were all getting so lost in the muck and the mire of a new complicated way of life it was hard to know what day it was. It’s been a while since I wrote one of these posts, and I think it’s time.

556 days ago, I left the mountains of Georgia where I had been tucked away with family enjoying a last family vacation. When we left each other to return to our respective homes, we had no idea what we were facing.

So, here we are, over 18 months later and we are still in the pandemic. We have come a long way, yet we still have so much further to go. We are no longer in lockdowns, and many people have returned to work and school. But so many people’s lives have changed. In the United States alone, over 666,000 people have died. Those are families whose lives have been forever altered. And that does not take into account the long-haulers who suffer long after the primary phase of infection has passed.

This morning, Pfizer announced the vaccine appears to work well and safely in children aged 5 to 11. They will move quickly to get FDA approval to begin vaccinating that age group. It must be tough to be a parent in the midst of this, trying to make the right decision for your children in the midst of so much misinformation and distrust.

We now have effective vaccines to fight the virus, but there is still so much hesitancy. The Delta surge is still ravaging the country, seemingly targeting the unvaccinated as its primary target.

I have taken one airplane trip. It was after I was vaccinated and before Delta. I doubt I would fly now unless an emergency warranted it, but who knows for sure unless the opportunity presented itself. I have seen all our children and grandchildren with the exception of one family we have yet to see. 18 months is a long time to be absent from their lives.

In this time, things have improved I think, but getting life back to normal – well, what is normal now?

According to my good friend Siri, it’s 69 days until Hanukkah and 96 days until Christmas. I am hopeful for a little more family time this holiday season.

So, tell me, how are you doing? Has your lifestyle changed for the better this far into the pandemic?

(It’s also time to think about getting your flu shot.)


21 thoughts on “September 20, 2021 – WDIIA”

  1. I am still wearing a mask in shops, and keeping a respectable distance from anyone who is not close family. We have been to restaurants, and took that short holiday recently. But that trip was self-catering, and we didn’t have to be that close to anyone else.
    The booster shots rollout is beginning here this week. I will probably be due for one by December, if not sooner.
    Otherwise, the pandemic didn’t really change anything about my everyday life, other than losing one of my best friends before his time, and not seeing some members of my family for 15 months.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. Pete, our booster shots have not yet been approved for those other than with severe underlying conditions. Perhaps by the end of this month they will approve and we will be eligible in mid-November. We still wear masks anywhere we shop and have little or no contact with people outside our immediate family. I think we still have a way to go unfortunately.

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  2. Hi Maggie,
    we are still wearing masks, Hubby has had his flu shot and I am due mine at the weekend. Both of us are eligible for a Covid booster.
    I started my Today Is………. posts following on from Linda’s lead and still going. It helps me keep a track of the days. As for things returning to normal, I see so many people who seem to dismiss the last 18 months ever happened, yet we are still vigilant having had a call too close for comfort when a neighbour caught Covid, even though she had had both of her vaccinations. Shopping trips are always masked and we are in and out of the shop as quickly as possible. Browsing is not really an option unless there is literally nobody else about it, which of course is dependent on the type of shop we’re in, so food shopping is to a list and where we know the layout of the shop.
    Keep safe.


    1. I think we should all remain diligent, Di. Some people feel very comfortable out in public unmasked but I’m not there! Maybe in the spring things will be looking up. I am goad you are getting your flu shots.

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  3. I feel my lifestyle has changed for the better in many ways. As a retiree, I am grateful that I have ample time to reflect, enjoy nature leisurely, give more time to people that matter, enjoy old hobbies, and take on new ones, reading and writing more now.
    If I was still teaching, my life would have been stressful beyond imagination.
    At the beginning of the pandemic, I missed attending various classes and the friends I had made at the senior education center but, I soon got over it by keeping busy and taking classes online.
    My hubby and I are vaccinated and are meeting two or four couples who are also vaccinated. We are continuing to wear masks and keep our distance, and venturing out only when necessary.
    I think we, human beings are pretty good at adapting to whatever life throws at us. As far as going back to normal, I prefer to go forward to a time where we have got a handle on this pandemic, leant our lessons and are equipped never again to allow things to escalate like this.
    What I miss the most is not visiting my nonagenarian, amazing mum in India twice a year like I used to do pre-pandemic.

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    1. Chaya, thank you for reading and commenting. It sounds like you have taken a healthy approach to this new pandemic lifestyle. I like your idea about learning our lessons and moving into a better and more educated time. Hopefully one where we can have respect for one another and live together without strife.


  4. We have mask requirements everywhere we go which reduces our stress for sure. I don’t sem to know what month it is, although I can usually guess the day!

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    1. Mask requirements are willy nilly here, Elizabeth. Being a border state with two different end of the spectrum governors makes it even more challenging. We wear masks, required or not. I wish others would do the same. (I saw the rose breasted grosbeak Sunday on her migration south. They help me remember what month it is.)

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      1. I didn’t realize that you had two such different governors. I guess the same is true in Idaho and Washington with Idaho filling up the hospitals in Eastern Washington.

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  5. As I read this, Maggie, I started wondering if we have ever paid so much attention to the passage of an 18-month period. We are good here. I recently flew for the first time in almost two years. We have mask mandates in our town and several surrounding towns. I saw a school bus full of students this morning – it occurred to me that I don’t remember the last time I saw that.


    1. Dan, I think you might be right. Never has 18 months carried such weight. At least not in my life time. I feel so bad for the students. It has been such a rollercoaster for them – I only hope it comes to a close before much longer. Stay masked and stay safe.

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  6. Masks are not leaving my life anytime soon. Early senior hours are an important way to shop now. I am happy in my home. I miss the ability to see others, but not enough to risk my life.


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