A few days ago, our Governor, proclaimed that a 5:00 pm this past Friday North Carolina could proceed to "open" to Phase One.
Yesterday, around 4:00 pm, my company sent out a company-wide email that provided guidance to returning to work.
I can honestly say, I met both announcements with dismay.
Yesterday, I ran to the empty office building to catch up on a few tasks that can't be done from home. Based on the amount of traffic I faced, I decided to drive by the local Marshall's that, in normal times, was always hopping, just to see whether or not local North Carolinians were staying home.
Sadly, they were not. The parking lots were packed.
When I stopped at a grocery store to pick up a few necessary items, most of my fellow shoppers were wearing masks. The sad part? They all seemed to think that those masks afforded them super-powers. They had no problem brushing by me (and each other) in very close proximity. At one point, I lingered at the end of an aisle, patiently waiting for one person who needed to examine each and every box in that section, as I stood there - clear to anyone paying attention, that I was following the six feet apart protocol - a woman came up behind me and passed right by me and proceeded to stand very close to the other shopper while she reached for what she was looking for. *sigh*
What also unnerves me is the people who aren't wearing their masks properly - i.e., they aren't covering their nose. The whole purpose of wearing the mask is moot then.
At any rate, it's Mother's Day here in the US. Man-Child is planning to come for a socially distant dinner - and that's a very welcome Mother's Day gift indeed; the only way it could be better is if I could hug him. He has asked several times just when it will all go back to normal. Sadly, none of us know the answer to that yet. At least we won't be dining in the garage this time - the weather is glorious and we are planning to meet in the backyard - so there's that.