More Than I Need

I had enough toilet paper to last me till Thanksgiving and I was not worried when all the shelves were empty at the store, but yesterday when I went out, I saw that they had toilet paper available on the shelves again, and I bought more.  It is taking up the whole bottom space in my pantry and I can barely close the door and I figure that now I will be good through Easter and my pantry could be called the cupboard of abundance.  I certainly don’t want to run out of toilet paper and it looks like we have a long way to go with this Covid-19 pandemic, as it doesn’t seem to be going quietly away.  I wonder if I was stocking up, or have I become a hoarder.

It seems simple enough, wash your hands, avoid touching your face and when you are out in public, wear a mask and practice social distancing.  Trump came up with a deeply flawed argument, dismissing the severity of the pandemic, downplaying the effect of the disease even as infections continue to spread across the US.  He falsely claimed that 99% of the virus cases are totally harmless and I heard on the news that 4% of the people who get Covid-19 in the US, end up dead.  Almost 130,000 people have already died here from this so-called “harmless” virus and at about 2.9 million people have tested positive for the infection, so a simple observation along with some easy math says that it is closer to 4.5% of the people that contract this virus will end up dead.  These statistics don’t even account for the thousands of people who have spent weeks in the hospital or weeks at home with mild to moderate symptoms that caused debilitating health problems.

In Florida where many people are aging, test results showed that by July 3, that there has been a total of 190,052 positive COVID-19 cases with 3,702 of these resulting in death from the virus.  Since July 3rd, 18 more Florida residents have died from this pandemic.  It is not just the older populations and those with underlying health conditions that are at risk, as Covid-19 is having a severe impact on young people now.  In Florida, the median age of positive Covid-19 cases in March was 65 years old, but within the last week, it has dropped to 35 years old.  Florida has reopened and maybe this was done by Governor Ron DeSantis to oblige the Republican president, but if that is the case, this was done in bad taste.

A significant portion of Covid-19 patients are asymptomatic, so that means that there are a lot of people who are walking around with the virus, but since they are unaware of having it, but they are passing this infection on to others, so the transmission is still spreading.  The Novel Covid-19 is a silent killer and you may not know that you are infected, until it is too late.  The world is different now, especially in the stillness that was created by social distancing, quarantine, and isolation.  Many people feel loneliness and this is apparent in those who wear their heart on their sleeve, but everyone copes differently and you can’t tell a book by its cover.  It is not like we can put on a pair of ruby slippers and tap our heels together like Dorothy did in The Wizard of Oz and have everything go back to normal again, as the genie is not getting back in the bottle.

Written for Sheryl’s Daily Word Prompts – Oblige, for the Daily Spur prompt – Loneliness, for Eugi’s Weekly Prompt – Observation, for Reena’s Exploration Challenge #Week 142 prompt – The genie is not getting back in the bottle, for FOWC with Fandango – Taste, for Midwest Fantasy Devereaux Frazier and Beth Amanda Tuesday Writing Prompt Challenge – to write a poem or piece of prose around the words “in the stillness”, for Jibber Jabber by Sue – Quietly, for July Monthly Writing Prompts – The cupboard of abundance, for Ragtag Community – Ruby, for Di’s Three Things Challenge prompt words – Available Book Sleeve, for Linda G. Hill Life in progress What Day is it Anyway? July 7th, 2020 and for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – Aging.

47 thoughts on “More Than I Need

  1. Jim, this post would link well with Reena’s Exploration Challenge. If you want to link it, here’s her link:
    I was also listening to NPR on Friday on my way to GR about how children are affected by the virus. It is horrible what it’s doing to them, and yet they want to open school back up in the fall 😦 I would not send my kids back to school if I had any!

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    1. Thanks Li. I just added Reena’s challenge to the last sentence of my post. It is scary for parents with school children and I would not go back to substitute teaching even if the begged me to do so.

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      1. p.s. Jim, why didn’t you participate in Hans’ 100 days album draft? You would have been perfect for it. I think he will have something similar again, so please will you think about it for next time?

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      2. It started yesterday and goes for 100 days. Yes, I’m in it. Every 10 days each of us will post about a favorite album, but each 10 days it will be in a random order. You could let Hans know you would be willing to be a substitute if anyone needs to drop out in the next 100 days (now 99 days.)

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  2. Living here in central Florida in a retirement community should be a hot bed for this virus. We have ben extremely lucky. I feel DeSantis will never put the brakes on this pandemic. I think the death rates will start to dramatically increase over the nest few weeks. Our governor is just a puppet of the evil orange turd in the White House and we will pay the price for their ignorance and their total disregard for the health of the citizens of this state.

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    1. It has been a while and I guess I was inspired by some of the prompts today. I write everyday, but I try to shake it up, so my stories stay interesting. Thanks for reading Punam.


  3. I am here in the Florida Panhandle, and I can tell you it is one hot mess. People approach the beach like they have never seen one before. Bars and restaurants that opened when our Gov said, “Open!” are closing again. He is so in Trump’s pocket, it isn’t even funny. Go back to closing to curb the virus? Never! What a fool he is. In the meantime, our numbers keep on mounting.

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  4. What is sad about all of this…if people would just OBEY the damn rules…the numbers would be significantly lower.

    I’m sure you can still get it by doing these things but your odds would be so much better.

    I won’t go out without a mask…in fact I wear two…one normal and a cloth mask to hold it in place.

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    1. I dated this girl that was so ugly that I made her wear a mask and I wore one just in case hers fell off. Sorry, I couldn’t resist that Rodney Dangerfield joke, when you said that you wear two masks. Stay safe Max and do whatever it takes.

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      1. LOL… Love Dangerfield’s humor. Just his scenes with Ted Knight in Caddyshack was worth the movie.

        yea I’m about to go out today and get a tire…I’ll be ready.

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  5. Seems we’re in the middle of what comes around goes around and vice versa. And “they” don’t know what to do about it. Stellar article in your usual eloquent form of writing. Thanks so much for joining in and keep buying toilet paper. 🧻 🧻

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  6. I like the research-backed, documentary feel you give your articles.

    Yes, the genie isn’t getting back in the bottle. The scene is similar everywhere, with local mistakes having compounded the problem in certain places.

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  7. Aw. True words you wrote. Just so very very depressing. Another segment of the population that is deeply affected are those of us with chronic depression or other mental health problems. I bet the suicide numbers are through the freakin’ roof! Part of my therapy regime was to get out and socialize, it’s supposed to help me feel more positive and teach me about good rules for dealing with others (because my knowledge of that is seriously limited). Now I can’t. I’ve spent the last four months mainly isolating (which makes me feel great, but isn’t ‘good’ for me). I know I’m acting a lot odder too. Covid 19 is responsible for a lot of bad things, but the leaders who refuse to acknowledge or act sensibly about it are responsible for more in my opinion. Take care Jim! Great use of the prompts today!

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    1. Thanks Melanie and you interact with many bloggers every day and although it is not face to face contact, you are very well liked here and I hope that your depression is improving. Covid is not helping any people and I feel bad for the young ones whose friends mean so much to them at this time in their lives.


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