My first shock came one year ago today

It’s not that I am slow, and I am aware that the news media celebrated the anniversary of the beginning of the Covid-19 in the United States one week ago today. I keep up with the news. I am sort of a news junkie. I think it is related to my years of travel. It was important that I know what was going on in the various places I wanted to visit.

March 18, 2020 I had an appointment with my ophthalmologist. The waiting time was always long there but I may have been in and out in two hours. When I visit that clinic I frequently stop by a Publix grocery on the corner of Hillsborough and Habana to pick up a few needed items. My regular store is nearer to my home, but I had to get back before our helper was scheduled to leave.

The cell signal was not very good in the eye clinic so I must have missed some significant morning news. First, I was surprised at the large crowd at the grocery. But my real shock came when I went to the bread aisle to pickup up a loaf of bread. You see only one loaf of something that I would not have been interested in unless I was very hungry. It was about 11 a.m. when i walked in the store.

Next, I went by the meat counters. The butchers were bringing out a small tray with perhaps six to twelve items on them from time to time. Shoppers were already waiting to take whatever was available.

Photo made March 18, 2020

Need I go on? The shelves for paper towels, toilet paper, and cleaning products were already cleaned out. This past year has been quite a ride to someone shut in as a caregiver. I have someone who comes to help a few hours a week. This allowed me to keep those necessary appointments, shop for groceries, etc.

My patience with the young ones who complain about beach and bar closings is very limited.

Delighted to say that my wife and I are now weeks past our final vaccine injection. We feel good about that, but we still wear our masks for the benefit of other who may not yet be that fortunate.

4 responses to “My first shock came one year ago today

  1. We are Thankful to have completed our 2 vaccine shots several weeks ago. Hopefully, our country is on the road to recovery from COVID.

  2. Steve Moreland

    I’m glad I am not the only news junkie. 🙂

  3. Neels van Biljon

    Hi Ferrell,
    What do you think about all the people not wanting to take the vaccine as they say it’s causing problems with your DNA?

  4. It is so calming to read your messages and share in your experiences. Thank you.

    Walking with our Lord’s relationship and resources in one hand, and preparedness in the other is great. I would still be prepared, even after the vaccine, with your knowledge about measures that can boost your health. For prevention and minimisation.

    But most of all your faith and security in Him.

    And watching the times.

    With your inspiration my young family was able to spend three weeks in Eretz Israel, returning home in January last year. We had some very marking, physical experiences that touched even the kids, and provide a message of comfort to us in the midst of all that has happened since then.

    Very grateful, and wishing you all the very best,

    On Thu, 18 Mar 2021 at 15:06, Ferrell’s Travel Blog wrote:

    > ferrelljenkins posted: ” It’s not that I am slow, and I am aware that the > news media celebrated the anniversary of the beginning of the Covid-19 in > the United States one week ago today. I keep up with the news. I am sort of > a news junkie. I think it is related to my years of tra” >

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