Sunday, March 29, 2020
SLICE #29/31- Maybe I am not quite as ok....
Last week, our governor issued a "Stay at Home" order.
Essential businesses only. No public places open. No parks.
I think I'm doing ok.
I've kept myself on a schedule.
I've read, and written, and practiced my Spanish, and walked both dogs every day.
I've gotten ready for remote learning and emailed my kids and read some of their previous work. I think I've been reasonably productive.
Every morning when I wake up, I recite kind of a little mantra to sort of situate myself in time. Today, for example, I said, "Today is Sunday. Usually I, go to see my mom on Sundays, but today I am going to watch church online, then I am going to take my bag of groceries to the More Life center."
And that's where the trouble began.
My church has a food pantry, called the "More Life Center."
Every month, on the first Sunday, we are supposed to take a bag of non-perishables-- spaghetti and canned chili and vegetables-- to church. There's a pick uptruck parked out in front of the church, and you put your bag into the back of the truck, and grab an empty green "More Life" bag for the next month. We have been doing that for at least five years. Maybe even longer.
Yesterday, when I was at the grocery store, I made a special point of buying things I could put in my "More Life" bag. I threw in a little extra, because I'm feeling really grateful that I still have a job and a paycheck, when so, so many people don't.
My son always puts the groceries away when I get home from the store. I forgot to tell him about the "More Life" groceries, so he put those away too. Last night, I got out a grocery bag and refilled it, so I wouldn't make noise banging around the kitchen this morning. The bag was so heavy that I thought about breaking it into two smaller bags, so it would be easier to carry. I left it by the front door, so I wouldn't forget to take the groceries today.
This morning, I got up about 6:30. I read my Bible and drank my coffee, then watched church online. The first thing the pastor did was to hold up the green "More Life" bag. "Remember," he said, "Next week is 'More Life' Sunday. We really need you to come by the church with your groceries. We will have a team of volunteers, wearing masks and gloves, to take your bags out of the back of your car."
Actually, I only kind of heard the pastor's announcement. I got lost right after he said, "Next week..."
Next week??? Next week??? "More Life"is supposed to be today. What is he talking about?
And then I realized that today is NOT the first Sunday of the month. I am NOT supposed to bring groceries to church today. I'm supposed to bring them NEXT Sunday, which actually is the first Sunday of the month, and the Sunday I have been doing "More Life" groceries every month for the past five years.
Maybe I am not quite as ok as I thought I was....