Many of us are still living the experience, (I don’t want to categorize it as a dream or a nightmare.) How will you recall what you actually did or tell stories to your children or grandchildren?
One way I am documenting the experience is through this series of blog posts. I also participate in at least one virus-related Facebook group.
Are you saving pictures of your various attempts at finding or using a mask? Have you discovered that wearing a mask can cause your glasses to fog? Have you found your best mask hairstyle?
I can’t sew. My first homemade mask using the Surgeon General’s simple video was not a success. This picture shows why it never made it out of the house.
After checking almost every shop in the area including hardware, drugstores, and grocery stores, we finally ended up buying first paper and then cloth masks from Amazon. The cloth masks fit a bit loosely until they were washed and put in the dryer. Then the two-sided mask shrank about 20%.
The North Carolina Museum of History collects and preserves artifacts relating to the history and heritage of North Carolina. We know that future visitors will want to learn about the many ways this life-altering, worldwide coronavirus outbreak affected North Carolinians. They are calling it the Great Pause.
Is your state or local library collecting such information? I live near Charlottesville, VA and the James Madison Regional Library collected artifacts and memories of that weekend in August when the Alt Right came to town. I have not yet heard if they will do the same for the pandemic. It offered a virtual class in memoir writing during the Time of the Corona Virus at the Northside Branch.
|Memoir Workshop: Life in the Time of COVID-19 Wednesday, April 29, 2020, 6:30 – 8pm|
All of our lives are made up of stories. During this time of extreme disorientation due to coronavirus, memoir is the perfect thing to be writing right now. In this workshop, led by published writer and educator Linda Kobert, new or experienced writers will sort through personal experiences to find the thread of one of these stories and start to represent the significant events and characters through words on the page. Class includes writing exercises and discussions. Please be prepared to write with writing materials or a laptop. Having a photograph that evokes a meaningful experience may be helpful to have at hand.
Have you experienced the great TP shortage of 2020? Or the impending meat and chicken shortage? How about the changes to your local grocery stores and grab and go meals if you do not want to cook? How shaggy has your hair gotten and do your roots need a touch-up?
If you are doing a lot of Zoom, you can take pictures during the session. NY Public Library is offering some Library themed backgrounds, if you do not want you room to be displayed on the video. https://www.nypl.org/blog/2020/04/01/library-themed-backgrounds-your-next-video-call