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Social Media Posts with the #DentonCountyCOVID19

Facebook Posts April 7 and April 8, 2020

Kaitlyn Leeper 

Just celebrated my puppy’s first birthday…wish we could have gone to her barnhunt class, but she got a small hike around the lake and a special dinner! ❤️

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Darlene Timmons 

Making my granddaughters quilts, online Bible Study, exercise and audio books.

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Lori Hattle McKinney 

We renovated a 1925 home and have completely transformed the yard in the last month by ourselves!

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Kit Dapprich 

Starting my own tree farm with sprouts I found around my yard

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Amberleigh Tackett 

Home with 4 kids. 10th, 9th, 3rd(AVLS special needs), and 2nd graders. Lots of home schooling and crafts!!!

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Kulfi Nick 

Teaching little ones where food comes from. Growing flowers for the bees

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Angie Lindsey 

Gardening, gardening and more gardening.

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Debra Thomas 

Participating in the Heart Hunters scavenger hunt for kids. Switching to Easter Eggs this week.

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Kirsten Pettet 

We are learning how to year. (Ellie 4 years old)

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Victoria Gloria 

We have nightly coloring sessions ♥️♥️

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Tracy Brooks Garza 

Left my Christmas cards up to remind my of all the special ppl that sent me some joy!

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Misti R. Howell 

WFH full time (thank you Keller North America for taking such good care of us!) and working in my veggie garden in the evenings. Trying to stay focused on the end game to stave off cabin fever.


Erin Templin 

Teaching my son (and myself) some baking skills.

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Amanda Baez 

Our neighborhood did a rainbow hunt! We walked through our neighborhood tallying the rainbows we found

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Gloria Smith 

I do laundry every day! I cook more than I have in years! Play a lot of ball with my doggie! I’m not really finding it any different as we are retired!


Brittany Walker 

Lots of teaching, coloring, baking, and Cutting out and getting masks made!

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Elda Martinez 

My home made bread

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Mickey Foss 

More baking, cooking and yard work! Got mint and parsley growing in my window. More gardening stuff ordered! Me and my dogs 🐕🤗❤️


Liesel Huffman Herrera 

Box garden with our son

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Ana S Ramirez 

In my home, we are a tem my husband, my son beucase my husband is a special bus driver, and l my son are monitor .


Kara Smith 

We are growing tomatoes,cucumber,watermelon, cotton, strawberries and flowers

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Teresa Breon 

Moved my seedlings from pic one on the post into pots today!

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Jessica Rena Stewart 

We are doing a mixture of things!

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Julie Stevenson Bonney 

We planted a garden!

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ToeKnee Tiger 

Making Sun Green Tea!

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Joyce Yarnall-Smith 

Swallowtail watch

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Debra Ferguson 

Just me and the cats.


Ellen Fisher McLoughlin 

Working from home and making masks.


Halcón Peregrino 

Entretenida sembrando plantas

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Sandra Urrea 

Yo use pan ,I’m make bread

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Linda Wheat 

leaned our 1acre infested leaf area.


Marnie Vanwinkle 

Can you send me some🍅🥒🍓


April Nicole Hill

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Tracy Brooks Garza


Elda Martinez

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Teresa Breon

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Mary M Rod

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Irene Palmer

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Tracy Brooks Garza

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Teresa Barnes

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Tracy Brooks Garza

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Viviana Ruiz

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Teresa Breon

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Kim Hutchinson Mikeal

 We made a cross & put it in our front yard. Happy Easter. He is risen! ✝️ #DentonCountyCOVID19

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Rehana Steadman:

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Kristina Johnson My girl Chloe is getting so much loving during this time. She keeps the moral up at our house.

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Nenadelia Sauceda Fear, grief, panic, frustration, disillusionment. Most don’t take selfies during an emotional breakdown but many are in so much pain about the loss of life, the loss of economic security, and loss of safety.


Mary Branstetter Gardening gives us hope for future and some relief from the worries for our families

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Deborah Mason McFarland As a small business owner, finding ways to keep my membership-based revenue flowing so I can continue to pay my staff is challenging to say the least. Stress levels have reached new heights. Working on daily “gratitude moments” to help. Biggest bit of thankfulness hands down is having our daughter back from college for the next month or so! Also, our pup is immensely pleased @ having his people around 24×7! Ha!


Ericca Cordier Not bad self isolating at the Lake house!

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MaryBeth Butler I’m working from home as usual, but there is much less work and that is scary. I have 2 crazy dog coworkers who keep me laughing. I’m watching my irises come out and the leaves bud out on the trees.

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Cresha Beattie Working through stress by gardening. Some people don’t think gardening is essential and shame us gardeners on Facebook.

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Anna ES We’ve been enjoying North Lakes Park when weather permits. Nature is forever renewing itself.

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Wendy Price We got a new puppy and that’s keeping us busy. Sweet snuggles and frenchie kisses are sure to brighten any mood

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Teresa Breon Teaching the kiddos and working full time is not easy, but doing it outside on nice days makes it a lot more enjoyable!

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Cyndy Mika Carrying on with the business of LEISD. Our new normal is virtual meetings!

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Jessica Peters Snuggling with the pups is a new normal.

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Chas Lance I’ve been home to watch these beauties bloom.

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Michael Horn I’m an essential worker right now. I wish I could say that it’s business as usual but it’s been very stressful, nerve wracking and has made me a bit paranoid but I have faith that it’ll be ok.


Sandy Stubbs Woodbury View from my bedroom/temporary office.

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Marianela Lulú FG renovating my 🏡


Donitta Palmier Cooking

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JoAnna Wills Online FFA Stock Show & Sale since our local & County Stock Shows were cancelled. Definitely a different experience for our daughter’s Senior year. 💛💙

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Donitta Palmier

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Teri Ann Carabello Our 79 year old mother is a positive Covid 19 patient in a hospital in Central Florida. Her Doctor says she’s not recoverable. To not be able to visit your loved one, to have them so ill and without the comfort of family is sheer torture. Thank God for healthcare workers willing to provide treatment and care during this crisis. God protect them and bless them in their work.


Emc Matlock #DentonCountyCovid 19- I’m a senior, 66 years, no health issues but age. Living alone, rurally. Most all post regard families, couples or singles living near Denton or other county cities. 1) no delivery of Groceries 2) no on checking on single seniors rurally 3) no restaurant deliveries…so because of my age & where I live I have to go grocery shopping & put myself at risk. The irony of this Covid-19 is Toilet Paper and Washing Hands. Why toilet paper & did no one wash their hands, ever?


Chas Lance We celebrated our sons 16th birthday at the river walk 2 weeks before covid. I’m so thankful that he had a chance to be out and celebrate such a tremendous milestone in his life.

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Sarah McKeown Schafer I don’t leave my home unless I run out of necessities. Spending my time making lap blankets.

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Pollyanna Patterson Camping in the RV and getting to take walks and cook outside, weather permitting. Complete social distancing!


Jenna Morris:

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Andrew Wegner:

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Dana Kelly:

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Bernadette Forte This has been an attack on small business and life as we know it. Living in fear is not the America I know and love. It’s beyond ridiculous.


Tiffany Grossman Practicing some beginner watercolor techniques to blow off the stress of suddenly becoming a homeschooling mom of three.

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Rachel Yunker Moody

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Adrienne Cone Suits

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Tracey Bramblett:

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Jennifer Johnson Fowler Volunteering with my sister for Denton ISD meal service was so rewarding #DentonCountyCOVID19

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Tori Stowe Inside being a cat photographer lol

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Rosemarie House:

I’ve planted vegetables and flowers

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AJ Green:

Rock meditation I did

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Sarah Espe We redid a room. Along with practice driving!

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Jen Bare My son is journaling about COVID-19.

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Carol Hartnett I’ve been crocheting an afghan.

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Danna Zoltner – COVID-19 Journal

Hadn’t thought I’d do this because I felt that there wasn’t anything enriching about my “stay at home” experiences. 

I’m one of those that the onset of isolation wasn’t that big a deal.  My volunteer work was deliberately chosen so that no one had to count on me (I had a daughter who was expecting her first baby and I needed to be able to come and go without any disruption to anything I agreed to do.), by nature, I am a loner, and despise shopping.  Who better could survive isolation?

However, what I’ve discovered from this experience is that we need to work harder at reaching out to others and let people know that it’s important to work together to solve this crisis.

As a parent of two children (and a son-in-law) who are in essential services, I have been forced to become aware of the enormity of the pandemic and how the public’s dismissal of “physical distancing” is making it so much harder to flatten the cases here in Denton.  It isn’t just young people that think they can pop into a store and come out uninfected, but even the most vulnerable (neighbor’s 90 year old grandmother) who also think so.  With that said, I sincerely hope that those of you who read this will take seriously staying six feet/72 inches (measure it!) apart from each other.  

I’m thinking that the word “social” distancing lends a false sense of security.  I have been to the grocery story once in the three weeks I’ve been at home.  No one was wearing gloves and only about three people had masks on.  That didn’t bother me as much as the number of people who continued to invade my 72″ space.  From what I could gather, they felt if they didn’t make eye contact or speak to me, we were both safe.  

Now, on to what keeps me positive these days.  I certainly can’t say, “the weather” since it’s been cloudy and rainy more days that not in the past three weeks, reaching out however I can seems to be doing the trick.   I’m seeing (and waving to) neighbors that are working from home whom I’ve never seen before.  

I’m in an educational organization that is international but has closed the chapters down to any meetings.  Once a week I e-mail the chapter to check in with them and ask them to let me know what/how they’re doing.  Because I told a group of five high school friends and my brother about this weekly check-in, they are now sending me funny quips that I can pass along.

One of the ladies that I e-mail took a quilt that my great-aunt had started, my mother finished, and I had in the closet for years and brought it back to life.  She was gracious enough to ask me if I wanted it back (it was destined for the landfill).  Of course I told her she could keep it.,   She had put on the back of the quilt the name and birthday of my great aunt and my mother since they both worked on it.  It made me feel so connected to my relatives and my friend for doing the hard work to restore this quilt.  

The quilt made me think of all the lovely quilts at the Courthouse that we may or may not know the history of.  I wanted to share with you guys that, thanks to Anita Inzer, my quilt will forever be identified for anyone who cares to send it to a museum!

Joyce DeWitt – COVID-19 Journal

I’m retired, & staying at home isn’t a challenge except for not being able to see my 8 & 5 year old grandsons. I usually see them at least twice a month, if not more. They love stories & especially ones I make up for them. So I’ve been writing a book & reading it to them on Facetime, a chapter or two at a time. It’s about a world of friendly dragons that they find living deep under their back yard, and is called “The World Beneath our Feet.” I have 11 chapters so far & it has really been fun. I also videotape myself reading other books to them, showing them the pictures.  I’ve been putting arts and crafts things together to mail to them, just color sheets I print off, and ideas. I send along colored paper, stickers & other flat things that fit in a big envelope because I’m not going to the post office. Their mom and dad are doing a great job home schooling them and keeping them busy but they can always use the help!

    I’ve also been reading my own books, doing word puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, shopping online, talking to friends and family, and I plan to work in the yard when the weather gets better. I will provide get around to cleaning out a drawer or closet or two.

   The concerns I have are for all of the people who are suffering, our stressed healthcare workers, first responders, and all essential workers such as our grocery store and pharmacy employees. I’m worrying about the economy but I have high hopes that things will settle out quickly. Two things I can do are to pray over this and stay positive. Here are some pop up cards I made & sent to the boys. I also made 2 each of the Easter story pictures for them to color & either put together in order with string like in a chain, or glue in order on a poster.

James Robinson – COVID-19 Journal

undefinedWell, Kathy is really ahead of the curve, since she has been teaching an online course for four years. While all of her colleagues are struggling to put their courses together, hers has been rocking along as normal!

I miss going out and seeing the kids a lot, but other than that, I am embarrassed to say that “sheltering-in-place” is not that much different than my normal lifestyle. I read, I study, I  cook, I watch a little TV, and I play on my computer.

Shopping is a bit of a challenge, since the Seniors-shopping hours are only Tuesday or Thursday,  and very early. What I find very interesting is the objects that are missing from the store shelves, and how that changes from week-to-week. Of course, toilet paper is always out (though I cannot figure out why for the life of me!), but one week, there were absolutely no potatoes, and the next week, potatoes were there but absolutely no celery or carrots. Milk and eggs are frequently sold out (why? Why hoard something that spoils?).  Soup and rice was all gone one week and just limited the next. Last week, all the canned tomatoes were gone. Shredded cheese also comes and goes. One week, there was no chicken to be had, and the next week, it was beef. This all makes no sense to me, but it is interesting to observe.

Mary and I did toy with the idea of producing an annotated TM presentation using a microphone and camera (this is how Kathy does her online courses), and giving that to the teachers for their online schooling efforts. The problem with doing that is: a) the kids cannot see the artifacts and that is a big part of TM, and b) if we are any good at this, the schools will stop asking us to come at all!

On a personal note, we brought my granddaughter here from Florida for Spring Break, and while she was here, her Spring Break went to two weeks! We didn’t mind that, and were prepared to help her through the online schooling, but her Mom wanted her back, so we braved Love Field to get her on a plane. Her flight only had 11 people!! But, she is home safe and doing well.

Hopefully, this will all be over soon, and we can all get back to meeting the public.

James

Judy Clements – COVID-19 Journal

Hello All,

Thanks for sharing all the news articles on the 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic. I’ve always been fascinated by it. My great-grandmother, age 42, her youngest daughter, age nine and my grandparent’s first child age ten months all died between November 11, 1918 and November 14, 1918, of the flu. I don’t know if it was from curiosity or boredom, but I thought it would be interesting to see the number of deaths the flu took in the small community in Hopkins County where they died. With the help of Find A Grave and Family Search, I was able to get an idea of how the flu affected that one small area. Now that I have plenty of time, I might have to pick out some of Denton County’s cemeteries and see what I come up with.

It was a hard decision for my husband to take early retirement in January, but now we are thankful he did. As long as the Stock Market doesn’t crash, we should be alright. The stay at home mandate doesn’t seem to bother him at all. I think he could be a hermit for the rest of his life and enjoy it. I have learned to be very careful about saying, “I want, or I need” around him. He’s become Amazon’s best customer. I promise he is practicing safe online shopping. He sanitizes every package he gets. He reminds me of one of those old ladies that used the Home Shopping Network on television late at night. We all seem to have our way of coping through this and shopping seems to be his. It was almost comical to watch him surf the internet for toilet paper deals during the hoarding of it.

For me, I’m utilizing the online ordering and curbside pick up for my weekly grocery orders to Kroger and Sam’s. It’s finally getting better after the first stage of panic subsided. The first Kroger order I did was short 28 items, but I was able to fill it in with the order from Sam’s. As more and more people are using this option, I have noticed what use to take one day now takes five days to get a time shot to pick your groceries up, but that’s alright as long as I don’t have to go in the store.

It still amazes me to see the types of shortages I’m seeing. Never in my life would I have ever thought there would be a shortage of elastic. With the shortage of face masks, people have started making them from colorful material that can be machine washed. Speaking with my oldest daughter, who is an ER nurse in Idaho, I couldn’t believe it when she told me they were only allowed one mask a night. Fearing for her safety, I tried to make her some but could not find elastic anywhere. I was so thankful to one of our Girl Scout volunteers who made her 20 of them and sent them out this week. It’s a daily struggle for me to see the cases increase each day and know she is on the front line, but it’s what does. My only hope for the future is that no hospital staff will have to go through what this generation is dealing with. None of us ever dreamed of seeing a pandemic of this size worldwide.

I guess the saddest part for us is having a Senior of 2020. Elise came into this world two months before 9-11 and now she is dealing with the COVID-19 virus nine weeks before graduation. One week she was going non-stop at school, preparing for the fourth quarter before graduating and volunteering 50 hours a month for her internship at the animal shelter to have everything come to a standstill. Everything she was looking forward to has been postponed or canceled. With all the closures she still can’t get her cap and gown to do pictures, her graduation invitations have been printed with the wrong date and location, her dreams of High School Prom, Orchestra Banquet, FFA Banquet, Council Wide Girl Scout Gold Award Ceremony, Senior Walk, and Graduation are all on hold. The current question we have is, if this continues will they graduate as long as they passed the third quarter? The school is trying to maintain some type of normality with online school, but what about the kids without access to computers? The school is trying to provide Chromebooks to them, but I’m still hearing that some don’t have them yet. She is being told to do the work, but no grades are being taken. We try our best to let her know that this will pass in time, but just don’t know when. It may not be the traditional way, but her generation can break the mold and start a new tradition.

The one suffering the most during this pandemic is our 150 pound Great Pyrenees dog named Max. All these changes have thrown his life into turmoil. With Elise not going to school each day, he no longer has full access to her bed to take his daily 6-hour nap. We’re spending more time enjoying the fresh air in our backyard, but the neighborhood squirrel insists on driving him nuts by running on the roof of the house chatting to him while he eats the peanuts I buy him. It’s the small things in life we have taken for granted that bring laughter and joy to us now. Perhaps when this is all over, we’ll take things we learned from it to make our lives better.

For most of us, our biggest fear is not knowing. Thank you Judge Eads for providing updated information on COVID-19 so we know where Denton County stands during this trying time.

Shelter at Home and Stay Safe
Judy Clements

DJ Taylor – COVID-19 Journal

Hi, folks.  These are surely strange times and “normal” seems both a distant memory and a dream for the future.

Yesterday I went to pick up my online order from the grocery story.  I pulled into the parking space and called the number to let them know I had arrived.  I pulled my bandana over my face and went to the trunk to await my delivery.  Glancing to each side, I noted two others wearing their bandanas.  It occurred to me that we looked like the Sam Bass Gang returning to their old stomping grounds; sure was happy that no one mistook us for the bad guys.  I drove away unfettered and unharmed.

The routine of staying mainly to home can be boring, especially for those who are extroverts and accustomed to personal interactions.  Board games are once again in vogue and the family vocabularies are improving as Scrabble rivalries have many of us perusing the dictionary for new words to spring upon our opponents.

I try to keep an optimistic and open mind, even as I shudder at the toll, confident that we will all get through this somehow and hopefuly come out more aware and more appreciative of our world, our community and our relationships with loved ones, kindred spirits and humanity as a whole.

Everyone take care and stay safe!

DJ

Keith Wright – COVID-19 Journal

As a Special Education Teacher, I have been very busy these past few weeks. I have a two year old son that needs my time and energy 12 hours of the day, and a nurse wife that is staying very busy at the Dallas County Hospital.

My wife leaves the house for work at 5:30 am. My two year old son is at my bed side requesting blueberry muffins by 6 am. I get out of bed, change him and get him set for the morning, and prepare his breakfast. Once he has food in front of him and a show on the tv, I am good to escape for 10-15 minutes to get myself ready for the day before he notices I am not in the kitchen with him. After I have washed up, and he has finished breakfast, the fun really begins.

My Special Education work day begins at 8 am. I am behind a computer screen all day creating eLearning lessons for multiple grade levels and multiple student needs, contacting students and parents on my caseload and supporting them in all of their classes and home problems, and attending back to back zoom meetings with staff members, administration, and small group student lessons. While juggling these duties, I am also taking care of and entertaining my son who can not keep his attention on something for more than 7 minutes. Unfortunately, my son is not at the stage where he can be entertained independently, so he needs me every few minutes which makes it extremely difficult to do my job. If only you could have been in the important zoom virtual meeting I was in earlier this week when my son decided to barge into the office room, kicking down the door, and yelling singing his ABC’s at the top of his lungs. What a sight to see.

These adventures continue back and forth until around 5pm. 5pm is when I call it quits for the day and turn my computer off. This is when I try to finally get something to eat that is not rushed, and begin my son’s pm routine. After the battle of the bath time, house clean up, and force fed dinner, I get to put him into pajamas and start to put him down to bed. Three books later, my son has finally given up on fighting sleep. He tosses and turns, and is down for the count around 8pm. This is when I slowly sneak out of his bedroom and shut the door, and wait for my wife to finally get home from the day.

She pulls up to the house around 8:30 pm, and is completely drained from the 12 hour shift and commute. She leaves her clothes in the garage, and makes her way to the shower as soon as she steps into the house. After showering, she grabs a bite to eat, and fills me in with the highs and mostly lows of the day. The hospital is low on masks, there are COVID patients on her floor, the techs, nurses, and doctors lack ppe, everything you have already heard on the news. She is physically drained from the manual labor of the 12 hour shift, and mentally drained from the anxiety and uncertainty She is constantly in fear that she is bringing home the virus to me and my son, and she is terrified of what this respiratory virus would do to her wheelchair-bound CP brother who she hasn’t been able to see in 18 days. With so many questions, and not enough answers, she goes to the bedroom to get some sleep as she will be leaving again for work at 5:30 am.

I am exhausted, and finally have silence in the house. I get something small to eat, jump in the shower, and lay down next to my wife in the bed. I finally shut my eyes, it feels like 5 seconds have passed, and I am awaken at 6 am as my two year old son is at my bed side requesting blueberry muffins.

Keith Wright

Thoughts on COVID-19

As president of the Sanger Area Historical Society and being responsible for the museum, I made a decision 5 weeks ago to close the museum for that particular Saturday.  The weather was not good and I thought probably no one would come to visit.  I drove to Sanger, and put a sign on the front of the museum that we would be closed until further notice.  I was thinking we may be closed 2 weekends, but here we are five weeks later and I don’t think we are going to be open for a long time.  I live in Dallas county and they have extended the self-isolation to late May and perhaps that is not even going to be long enough.

I worry about the healthcare workers, and the people that have lost their jobs.  The small businesses are really going to be hurt.  As tough as this is to go through, I am fortunate to be retired with a steady income and a home to live.  Hopefully the grocery supplies will continue, but then who knows what will happen.  I am trying to help a few people that I know who may be in need.  I have had several calls from people checking on their “elderly” friend to see if I needed anything.  We are separated now in our daily lives, but we seem to be coming together. 

Tona Batis

President

Sanger Area Historical Society