A New World

So, here I stand at my local UPS store, and the sign next to the door reads, “For Health – Maximum 5 Guests At A Time.” This is our new reality, it happened so fast, it’s daunting, scary, and insane! A tiny word COVID-19 could transform our existence into this. The overall tone of the country has changed, we all used to be our old opinionated, sarcastic, politically correct selves. We as a whole, it matters not your sexual orientation, religious beliefs, political party, or views on life really, have been hit with something that we were not ready to handle.

What started and continues to be a blame game on who’s fault this is, frankly, that is not important. It’s pulling together to get the things we need to protect all of our brave healthcare, public servants, and anyone that has their business open to provide us with care, basic necessities, and anything essential to living day by day.

Have we lost our common decency in light of this horrifying panic we are in? What happened to the niceties that were given because any less was considered wrong? I have seen and been on the receiving end of some of the vilest, mean, and frightening words or actions of people who are in the same boat as we all are.

There is nothing more terrifying than a mob mentality when it comes to making sure you provide the food needed to help your family survive. They actually had toilet paper and paper towels when I was at the store, and so many people tried to buy more than the allotted amount and got mad when they were stopped. There were almost zero cleaning products, and there was no kleenex to be had at all. I’m in disbelief how little there is to buy or how people have lost their common decency and tried to buy the things they think will be in demand and sell them on eBay for almost quadruple the amount or more. Don’t they see they are helping the panic and stupidity spread faster?

I am just as scared and concerned for my family as you are concerned about yours. I wish everyone good health and happiness, because without those things, what good is anything else?

I want to thank everyone for their part in helping us weather this terrible storm, my thoughts and prayers are with you all. I know we will get through this as one of our founding fathers said –

“By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall!” Found Father John Dickinson

Thank you for reading this, and please take care.

Stephanie Lynn Comello

It has been way too long…

Hello everyone!

It has been a very long time since I have posted anything, life has been so crazy as of late, and I finally have my groove back. I am one of the lucky people that are blessed enough to work from home. I can’t imagine how terrible it must be for the millions of people that have lost their job due to this awful pandemic.

Life has been a blur of working, cooking, cleaning, sleep, and repeat. I finally decided it was time for me to make room for writing and blogging, which I have missed dearly. That also includes my podcast, which I am working on a new one right now! YAY!

I hope everyone is staying healthy and happy in this crazy time. I would like to personally thank everyone, starting with my cousin Alicia, she is a nurse working on the front lines of this terrible epidemic, my prayers and thoughts are with you and everyone that works during these dangerous times. That also includes all of the garbage collectors, mail people, delivery drivers, grocery store workers, restaurant staff, as well as anyone else that are unsung heroes. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, without you, where would we be.

I promise there will be many more posts to come until then stay safe and healthy.

Stephanie Lynn Comello

It’s strange to think…

Last year I got divorced, and I’m back home in California living with my family. Never in a million years, I would have thought that it was a blessing in disguise.

If my marriage didn’t end, I would have felt cut off from them, so alone that it breaks my heart to even think about it. So as it goes – life has a mysterious way of guiding you to where you should be; I am truly blessed.

So on my way home from the store, driving with my mask and gloves on. I see the large kiosk, but the words have changed from the road construction up ahead, to COVID-19 go back to your homes. And as I pull into my driveway, I see a woman talking on the phone walking down the street with no mask on. Why wouldn’t you even try to protect yourself and your family? It’s not the most comfortable thing, especially when you wear glasses because the fog up if you breathe too hard.

So as I was taking out the garbage cans, I see a man walking his dogs, and he sees me in my mask, and we wave at each other in a kind of awkward way. And I wondered if he was thinking the same thing I was. I know how you feel, and it made me smile.

Normal never seemed so perfect until now. You never know how good it is until things change drastically one day, and you can’t exactly remember what that normalcy feels like.

This is my rant for the day, I hope you and your family (friends) are happy and healthy.

Stephanie Lynn Comello

 

Photo by聽Suganth聽on聽Unsplash (Thank you!)

This is truly mind-blowing.

So I went to make a grocery run for my family, and I was met with a line that wrapped around almost the entire Sam’s Club building, and people were in line waiting. The insane thing was they weren’t six feet apart, the only distance was the cart between them. I turned around and went to StaterBrothers, they are one of the only stores that you can actually go into and find most of the things that you need. Everyone that works they are so kind and helpful, which is why when I saw a man yell at the young man that worked the meat counter because they didn’t have numbers. I was utterly speechless, but he handled it with dignity and respect, that is how people should be in when faced with rude people.

The photo above is the toilet paper aisle, they were thoroughly cleaned out of everything, including all kleenex and Clorox products. It’s like when COVID-19 hit, everyone lost their mind and decided to stock up on it.

So again, I would like to thank my neighborhood StaterBrothers for being so amazing!

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