The state of Maryland has been under an official stay at home order from the governor for 5 days now. N and W’s school classes have all been online this week. There are fresh plexiglass barriers separating me from the cashier at my favorite essential business: the liquor store. And the number of people in the grocery store this past week, scavenging empty shelves, who are wearing some sort of mask or scarf over their faces, has grown expotentially.
Now, my family had already been living the new normal before the governor’s order. We had already been following Maryland’s and DC’s guidelines for two weeks: working from home, social distancing, only going out in public for necessities. Schools and dance classes had already been canceled for the 14 days it was going to take for the country to get over this.
Ah, those were the days.
Today, however, everything feels real for the first time. It feels like we are just starting this … whatever you want to call it: shelter in place, mandatory stay-at-home, quarantine. And, of course, the only thing that has changed is The Wife and I are now unemployed.
As such, for the first time during all of this, we really have nothing to look forward to. We are just here. Part of me, the Gen-X-introverted-I-hate-everyone part of me is kind of excited. I mean, I get to do what I would rather do each day anyway: sleep in, watch movies, draw, write a little, play video games, play board games, avoid people, etc.
And now it all comes with the perfect excuse for day drinking 😉 .
Yes, I am worried about my job and my future prospects of being able to bring home the bacon. Yes, I was hit with a surprising wave of emotion as I placed my Funko Pops and PEZ holders in a box in the basement because I couldn’t leave them on my desk at work and have nowhere to put them.
But part of me is excited. So let’s focus on that for the moment.
I am now, and shall for the duration of COVID-19 be referred to as, A Gentleman of Leisure.