Thoughts prompted by COVID-19 shutdown #5

(from a week or two ago)

Medical school is going to suck this Summer. And not because it’s going to be stressful. Not because it’s going to take so much effort, and time. Medical school is going to suck because I will drop my kids off at daycare, then go back home, and sit for 8 hours BY MYSELF, doing school. I will not be able to go to school and sit next to classmates, to ask “What did the prof just say?”, to ask for quick explanations to help my understanding, to just BE in the presence of other humans – adults. It’s going to be awful. *sigh*

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Thoughts prompted by COVID-19 shutdown #4

When a vaccine is found / made, will anti-vaxxers take it?

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*sigh*

I feel a friend purge coming.

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Today’s Reality

I start medical school next Monday. My job ended last Friday. So today I went to the office to return the computer and monitor and mouse I had from work so I could work at home during the shutdown. There was no one else there. My car was the only car in the parking lot. The irony of a Black person in a mask carrying a computer INTO a building was not lost on me! But it wasn’t until I walked out with personal items from my desk and a garbage collection truck drove into the parking lot that things changed. I was carrying 2 water bottles, a mug stuffed with small items, a bottle of lotion, and… a very colorful pair of Beats knock-off headphones. Immediately my thought was: What do they think of me? I’m an employee who is cleaning out her desk. But is all they see a Black person looting? I know my light skin and long nose won’t protect me. My hair is too “ethnic”. I put the items in my car and then stayed by my car until they left, just in case. As I went back inside to get my desk lamp, pictures of my kids, and a book, my thought was: “I’ve got to get out of here before the cops show up.” Because I don’t know if they decided to call the cops instead of confronting me themselves. It won’t matter that I have a key to the building, and know the alarm code. The police don’t know me. They will only have institutionalize assumptions about me, unless I’m really lucky.

And just as horrible as all of this experience is for me, is the fact that I now have to think I can no longer trust the police. I’ve always been able to trust them where I live. It brings me to tears, to not be able to feel that way anymore….

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We Are Home

I've been so busy and tired today, I forgot to notify you all: We are home

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Motoko

I just found out a friend of mine from the Harvard Club of Eastern Michigan died of Coronavirus. She was insightful, kind, wise, and encouraging. She was also a big deal, not just a mentor to me. Here’s a video the Today Show did on her, and her obituary in the New York Times.

Motoko Fujishiro Huthwaite, last of the Monuments Women, dies at 92

Motoko Fujishiro Huthwaite, 92, Last of the ‘Monuments Women,’ Dies

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Add to this list, please

- Full House
- The Cosby show
- The Nanny
- Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
- Reba
- Friends
- Living Single
- Scrubs
- Big Bang Theory
- Mike and Molly
- Marlon

(Acceptable answers include: Cheers, MASH, The Golden Girls, Mr. Iglesias.)

I’m not looking for off-beat humor. I’m looking for a good ol’ fashion style situational comedy tending towards the wholesome side.

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One Recommendation

Just heard a commercial from the CDC that if you get COVID-19 they recommend you use a separate bathroom from your family. Facepalm emoji

Joe Kingston
If you have more than one, that’s great

Jennifer Michelle German
Joe: Exactly

Courtney Blake
Not an option here

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Luna Saves the Family

Here it is. Posted only to you two (Em and Jericho). Any corrections needed?

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This is a story about Luna, a YYY house cat. Luna had 1 adopted feline sibling, 2 adopted canine siblings, and 8 humans: 2 humans that fed and cared for her, and 6 humans that fawned over her and played with her. Occasionally the youngest would pull her tail too hard, but she excused the behavior because that human was a baby and hadn’t learned any better yet.

Late one night, Luna was walking about her house making sure all was in order, when she saw big trouble in the kitchen. She ran to the sleeping room of her primary human, Emily, and called out loudly to wake her. Emily only rolled over and went back to sleep. Luna jumped up on Emily, but thinking that Luna had simply caught and killed a mouse Emily pushed Luna off her. “I’ll clean it up in the morning,” Emily mumbled. Luna knew she had to wake this stupid human, so she jumped back up on Emily and clawed her feet. Finally Emily dragged herself up out of bed.

Luna jumped down and posted herself at the sleeping room entrance to protect the other humans still in there. She loudly told Emily to hurry up. The human was walking too slow! Finally she saw Emily make it to the kitchen. Emily then saw what Luna had seen:

A fire! Emily was awake now and finally started moving quickly! The fire proved too big to be put out by the human. So Luna and Emily hurried to warn the others. Luna moved from her post at the sleeping room entrance to jump up on the 2 oldest human children. She was about to wake them when Emily returned and rousted them instead. Emily sent them to rescue the 2 middle human children. Luna attempted to save her feline sibling, but he had already fled outside in fear. Didn’t even try to help the others! So Luna decided to stay with Emily. Emily lifted the 2 baby humans and ran outside. Emily then had to go back into the house to save the 2 canine siblings. Ugh, dogs…. Luna stayed outside with the human children.

A neighbor took in the humans, which is where Emily was able to call for the fire department. After seeing the children were safe, Emily came back outside. Luna and Emily watched as their house burned. They worried about Jericho, Luna’s secondary human who was not home because he worked third shift. Without Emily’s cell phone, there was no way to contact him to let him know what was happening and that his family was all safe. He came home to lights and trucks and fire, and was understandably afraid. But Emily found him quick and he joined them on the neighbor’s lawn.

Luna, Emily, and Jericho watched as the fire department destroyed everything, burned and unburned, with water while bringing the fire under control and putting it out. All the family had left was what was in the car and the little storage barn. But, thanks to Luna, they all survived. They still had each other.

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Mother’s Day Messages

Courtney Blake
May 10 at 4:43 PM

Thanks to Jennifer, Mandy, and Evan for the Mother’s Day love (flower emoji) (flower emoji)

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Joan Hickey‎
to
Jennifer Michelle German
May 10 at 6:25 PM

Happy Mother’s Day to an amazing Mom on a difficult holiday. I hope your girls showered you with the love you deserve.

Thank you for the amazing card. <<hugs>> my friend.

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I send out 39 Mother’s Day cards, and gave 1 to Rebecca, that looked like this on the outside:

Happy Mother's Day inside heart of flowers

And said this on the inside:

Hope you are able to find a way to make Mother's day a special day. And hope this card helps!

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