Service of Summer Prep Similar to Winter During a Pandemic: It’s Relative

July 23rd, 2020

Categories: Complaints, Inconvenience, Pandemic


As millions of people around the world suffer from unrelated-to-the-pandemic health and economic issues I point out a microscopic bother and am ashamed.

One of the many things I love about summer is walking out the door not having to put on a sweater, coat, scarf, mittens and earmuffs/hat.


Leaving my apartment is no longer carefree. I don a mask, once I’ve found it, and plastic gloves and tie the laces on my outdoor pandemic sneakers that live by the front door. If I’ve covered my hair with a scarf on a bad hair month I remove it to secure my mask strings and put it back on. When I come home I try to remember to leave my outdoor shoes by the door.

Since apartment management requires residents and guests to wear a mask I take advantage of an outing to coordinate garbage runs so I don’t need to get Covid-gussied for the ramble down the hall to the trash room with bags of wet, paper and plastic.

As I left my apartment today, another resident at the end of the hall saw me coming. He threw up his arms and turned on his heels to return to his apartment. He’d forgotten his mask. Even after all these months it can happen.

These little inconveniences that remind me of winter prep are nothing compared to the 780 million who have no access to improved water sources according to and the 2.5 billion who “lack access to improved sanitation.” The World Health Organization identifies regions with lowest improved sanitation [latest stats from 14 years ago reflecting priority] are sub-Saharan Africa and Southern and Eastern Asia. “Unsafe drinking water, inadequate availability of water for hygiene, and lack of access to sanitation together contribute to about 88% of deaths from diarrheal diseases.” Let’s hope the situation has improved.

While we are focused on the pandemic what is happening to these and other sufferers?

Has the pandemic discombobulated you? Have you inadvertently left home without your mask? Do you feel ashamed mentioning small inconveniences when there continue to be so many fundamental, achingly horrific wrongs in the world?


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7 Responses to “Service of Summer Prep Similar to Winter During a Pandemic: It’s Relative”

  1. Debbie Kunen Said:

    Debbie on Facebook: Too busy being grateful to focus on the inconveniences. They are minor when trying to hold on to health (or life) as the case may be.

  2. Jeanne Byington Said:


    Your priorities are in good order.

  3. EAM Said:

    EAM on Facebook: I lost my keys this morning in the park and retrieved them. I thought to myself “don’t let this ruin your day.”

  4. Jeanne Byington Said:


    One of the best feelings ever is to find something I thought I’d lost. So glad you retrieved your keys!

  5. Lucrezia Said:

    Over and above the relatively minor inconvenience of a mask, and the frightening thought of becoming a dead mackerel at the drop of a lethal germ, I’m relatively pleased with the state of things. Relatives and friends aren’t further away than the computer, and friendly neighbors wave and call out on the way to the store.

    There’s no question that we have it easy compared to millions of the less fortunate here and abroad. With that in mind, assuming there are several extra funds rattling around, they may be sent to one or more of those societies working hard to lessen the pain. Consider Doctors Without Boarders (Charity Navigator 4 stars) for one, or possibly the Carter Center among countless others. Food banks abound on the local level — even our State Senator sponsors weekly food bank operations. Sure, it’s election year, but so what? Thanks to him, many of our neighbors and their children will eat!

    Yes, the pandemic is a scary nuisance, but if we look around, there’s so much to do to make life better for someone, and so much less time to worry and complain…..So up and at ’em!!

  6. Jeanne Byington Said:


    Helping others is the best picker-upper and money isn’t the only way though I wonder how many people who whine “I miss going to restaurants” take some or all of the money they used to budget for this activity to send to the hungry or others in need.

    As I’ve written previously there are organizations such as where you can make as many PB&J sandwiches as you can afford and local food banks that would put donations to good use as you suggest.

  7. MarthaTakayama Said:

    I do get flustered if I realize that I have forgotten my mask, and have to stop and put it on while rearranging my scarf which is worn for protection from droplets and/or to cover bad hair. I even forgot once and went down the hall, but realised I had no mask on and pulled my jersey up shielding my face with my hand. The fine for forgetting the mask anywhere in my building is $100.00. While I lament the inconveniences and disorder of lock down, I realise how lucky I am to have all the conveniences I and so many other people like me have. I am grateful for having the luxury of worrying over small things.I cannot imagine the suffering people in far flung areas as well as in poorer areas of the United States face everyday. I also cannot bear the unnecessary suffering and death we as a nation are enduring because we have a shamelessly ignorant and selfish administration with enough followers to not have made a change. It is very important to try to help others by checking on them, offering moral support and offering to shop for them when I get necessities for myself, I am saddened to realize how many people from differrnt walks of life share the omipresnt anxiety that clouds my days.

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