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US Infected: 738,792 Dallas Infected: 2,846 Texas Deaths: 469

I took a break from writing yesterday, quite simply because I was tired and couldn’t think of anything to say. It’s been really sad to see these numbers at the top of the page continue to get bigger and bigger. I’ve actually been keeping the numbers in an Excel sheet, and throughout April, the US Infected numbers have grown by at least 30,000 every day. Some days the number is lower, and some days it’s higher. Think about that for just a moment. 30,000 people every day. That’s a crazy number.

The numbers alone make me question how on Earth they can be saying that the “curve is flattened” and that the peak has already peaked. I just don’t understand. The governor of Texas has already announced that he’s reopening the state parks on Monday. They are trying to restart the economy, but I’m just so worried that this virus is still very much out there and if we start just going out there and doing whatever, many more people are going to get sick.

Once again, I find myself bogged down in the sadness of it all. I’m so hopeful that a vaccine, a cure, and better testing are coming soon. Only when we have a vaccine will we be safe from this. A cure for those who are already suffering with this. A prayer on my lips every day for those suffering, those helping, those who are hurting, those whose fear is all consuming.

Tonight on television, they are playing a concert. It is full of movie stars, musicians and other famous personalities from all over the world. They are honoring the people who are working on the front lines of this difficult world we live in. It’s called “One World Together At Home” and it’s by Global Citizen for the World Health Organization. It’s hard to watch in a way, because the images of all the empty streets around the world and the hospital workers with people who are sick are just heartbreaking for me.

Yesterday the school district announced that we will not be returning to school this year. Yesterday and today I spent the day working on (s)Tinker’s schoolwork, because he was quite a bit behind. In order to motivate him to get it done quickly, I told him I would learn how to play Magic the Gathering. I don’t know much about Dungeons and Dragons, except that it is a card game. This game is also a card game, but the version we’re playing is online. It is so difficult! There are over 17,000 cards that each have different characters, and they battle each other based on their particular strengths and weaknesses. I’m truly horrible at it, but my son has actually caught up on most of his classes over the past two days. So I guess it’s a win for me!

We are now starting to get low on some of our meat that we stocked up on. We are already out of ground beef, so now we are eating stew beef and chicken. I realized today that sometime in the next week, we are going to need to visit the halal meat store to try and get some meat. We also need to get some dates before Ramadan starts on Thursday night. I’m thinking we will try to call the store we like to shop at and see if they will be willing to bring the meat to the car if we order it ahead on the phone. If they will, we will be golden. If not, we’re gonna have to get bold and go into the store.

My best friend from college texted me today, and I was very glad to hear from her. I’m so thankful that she is able to work from home and that her son is doing his college studies from home too, so that she’s not alone during this quarantine. It really reminded me that reaching out to others may feel a little daunting sometimes, but it really does brighten their day!

Hang in there my friends! Happy Weekend!

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