A glimmer of hope amid the Cape May quarantine lifestyle
Right whales are entering Cape Cod Bay. That was the brightest headline I saw yesterday. Embedded in a barrage of COVID-19 updates from google alerts around the country. It was a glimmer of hope amid the Cape May quarantine lifestyle. A sign of spring and time moving forward, the Right whales are returning.
I’ve been sad after watching the news. Not depressed but sad about what the coronavirus is doing to our lifestyle. I can no longer do the things I want to do, instead of focusing on what I have to do. Seeing people in masks and knowing I must be cautious of being closer than six feet from people, even people I love is difficult.
The pit of my sadness occurred while clearing out my post office box a few days ago. A local woman, garbed in saran wrap and rubber gloves was disinfecting everything she came in contact with. The post office lobby was laden with the fumes of Lysol. My instinct was to think it was overkill. The reality of her practice made me sad.
But the right whales are returning
In the Cape May quarantine lifestyle, this has been my mantra. Look for the silver linings. Look for positive information and keep putting it out there in the universe. It’s not easy.
The virus has invaded our psyche. It has closed our businesses, beaches and nearly every other outdoor space where people can congregate in less than six feet of space. I am trying to not let it invade my mind. It is not welcome there. I am cooking more. I started a vegetable garden and taking long walks.
My Monday afternoon routine use to include a visit to the Brown Room. Instead, now it involves a zoom meeting with my closest friends sharing updates and cocktails. We won’t risk putting ourselves in harm’s way.
Friends Ginny, Jesse and I started a Facebook group called Cape May Live. In a short time, the group has grown to close to 900 people. All of us looking to share stories, news, and take out options. It’s a place to share silver linings. Cape May sunsets and sunrises and other wonderful photos. No drama.
The social distance requirements look like they will be around for a while. Maintaining a routine, however unusual is key to keeping our sanity. Cape Cod is getting her right whales back. Cape May is getting her dolphins back and the ospreys are here nesting and feeding along the closed beaches. All signs leading to a return to normal. Whatever that is.
For now though, if the zip code on your driver’s license is not close to 08204, and you haven’t been here since before the pandemic, consider staying at your primary residence. Please, and thank you.