The confusion of what day it happens to be can be a source of wonder for those in quarantIne. I know it’s Friday, because we have no obligations on Friday. I know it’s Friday because yesterday was Thursday and tomorrow is Saturday. For those of us over seventy, time kind of runs all together and, unless we have a doctor’s appointment or need to pick up a prescription, we rarely need to know what day it is. We’re old. We are no longer required to punch a time clock. We are free to do whatever we want, because we’ve earned it.
At least that’s what we’re led to believe. Still a structured week is something I think we all need. It’s good to know that we’ll wake up tomorrow to face another day. We’re determined not to let the COVID19 latch onto us. We stay isolated. We obey the rules. We go through the motions of living by preparing meals, until the food runs out and we have to venture into that world filled with germs. Frankly I feel like the stores are cleaner than they’ve ever been. We’re probably exposed to more dirt and germs within the sanctuary of our own homes. We try, sometimes in vain, to avoid any kind of news, because of the negative nature of it.
When we were both in the working realm, it was easy to remember when it was Friday. It was the signal which called us to the end of another work week and the onset of a time of rest and recreation+. With retirement came a lack of scheduled events, yet we couldn’t leave it at that. Both my husband and I are dedicated to keeping busy. Whether that means spending an entire day in front of an easel or focusing on the use of the right words as you type them into what might be a published work. We press on.
We do it, because if we were to confine ourselves to the couch or recliner, we’d simply lose track of what day it was altogether. For us seniors, one day is pretty much like another, but we can make the best of each one of them. Both of us are now teaching classes online instead of in a performance space or art studio. We also have scheduled meetings with friends on social media. It’s good to be able to check on each other and visit for a while and attach a face to the written word. We’ll attend church and do our daily devotions online as well. We’re adapting to something we’ve resisted for a long time.
Today is Friday. Let’s thank God for getting us through another week – for His protection against infection – for His ever watchful eye over us – for keeping us focused on the things that matter and for giving us another day to live on earth with a purpose.