FEB. 10, 2020: After watching several debates, I think I should receive an award for keeping my mouth shut when there’s so much more that needs to be said.
FEB. 11, 2020: The coronavirus is spreading. Guess it’s time to give up handshakes, hugs, and breathing in the same space as other people.
FEB. 12, 2020: Common sense seems to be so rare these days, its kind of like a superpower.
FEB. 13, 2020: A friend and I went out to lunch today to celebrate our February birthdays together. The staff saw the gifts and came over to sing to us AND give us a free piece of pie. Yah, Chickahominy House!
FEB. 14, 2020: Ran in the drug store to get a prescription this evening. Line at check-out was full of anxious men with cards and candy. At least they remembered, last minute.
FEB. 15, 2020: My brother, Carl, finally got a date for his cancer surgery, March 9. It’s a really long time to wait when you’re in so much pain but was the earliest the surgeon could do it.
FEB. 16, 2020: My cousin, Ginger, offered to drive me to WV today, to visit with Carl on his birthday tomorrow. Very appreciative. My back issues make it hard to do the five-hour drive. Weather good and we are on our way!
FEB. 17, 2020: Good visit yesterday and my favorite down-home food for dinner — pinto beans and cornbread. Carl insisted on cooking, buzzing around in his Jazzy chair.
FEB. 18, 2020: Birthday dinner last night at a great Chinese restaurant with Carl and cousins. Was not easy for him or for wife, Debi, who is recuperating from hip surgery but we had fun.
FEB. 19, 2020: Home again. Tired but so glad I was able to go up for a visit. It’s hard to see someone you love in pain and at risk. I treasure the time we had together, even though my baby brother beat me at Scrabble. Badly!!
FEB. 20, 2020: Thank you for going on this year-long, day at a time, journey with me that began on my birthday, last February 20. I’ve loved all your comments and responses. Keep reading my blog – much more to come.
SHARON CANFIELD DORSEY is the author of four children’s books, a memoir, Daughter of the Mountains; a book of poetry, Tapestry; and a travel memoir, Road Trip. WATCH FOR A NEW POETRY BOOK, OUT THIS SUMMER.