Is It Safer Under The Covers?

humor, stay at home, Modern PhilosopherThe word on the street, Modern Philosophers, is that you shouldn’t be out on the street.

It’s Day Infinity Plus One of the Stay at Home, Shelter in Place, Everyone Unleash Your Inner Introvert Order to help combat the spread of COVID 19 aka Coronavirus.

When I woke up this morning, I did the usual mental gymnastics to try to determine what day of the week this would have been under the old calendar.  On the new calendar, there is only Today, Tomorrow, and Yesterday, but I like to be old school and still go by the former designations for every twenty-four hour period.

Luckily, yesterday was Easter, so it was easy to calculate that today would have been designated as Monday during the Time When We Could Go Outside.

As I snuggled under the warm covers, I debated as to whether I should get up and begin yet another Pandemic Groundhog Day.

Then I actually said out loud, even though Cali the kitty was the only one around to hear it: Is it safer under the covers?

humor, stay at home, Modern PhilosopherCali purred and snuggled closer, so I took that as her answering my query in the affirmative.  So I pulled the covers around me tighter and went back to sleep.

After all, the world outside of the covers has not been at all appealing as of late.

My only trips outside have been for isolated runs, or to sit on my porch to read.  I’ve found an empty parking lot two blocks from The House on the Hill, and I run laps there in the morning.  No one ever approaches the lot, so I’m practicing proper social distancing.

The outside world has a virus, blizzard, and power outages.  Today’s forecast is for a powerful windstorm that might knock out the power again.

The world was always a little off putting to me, a veteran introvert, but now I think the word that best describes it is “intimidating“.  I’ve gotten to the point now where I fear that once life goes “back to normal”, I’ll discover that my instincts will be to retreat even deeper into my bunker.  I think I might actually be scared to go outside again.

I’m not talking about going full Miss Havisham on the world, but I might continue to shop when the store is empty.  I might seek out isolated paths for my runs, rather than returning to the popular path along the river.  Weekends in will become essential, rather than a choice.  I don’t know if I’ll never shake another hand, or attend a large gathering.

humor, stay at home, Modern PhilosopherThat’s not to say the world under the covers is Heaven, either.

Last night, I woke up in a panic and got out of bed to search my room because I had the nightmare in which someone was watching me sleep.

It was only about an hour after I’d gone to bed, and it left me so freaked out that I had much difficulty getting back to sleep.

I’m so paranoid that I’ll develop Coronavirus symptoms while I’m asleep, that when I wake up in the middle of the night, I immediately swallow to check for a sore throat.

So I honestly don’t know at this point if it’s safer under the covers.

I guess I’ll just have to take it day by day, and see what the world reveals.  Hopefully, this is all just a symptom of being cooped up in the house for so long while a pandemic ravages the planet.  You know, justified paranoia and panic.

Do you find yourself wondering if it’s just better to stay in bed and have someone wake you when it’s safe to go outside again?

Please make use of the comments section, I could really use the contact and conversation since my cats still won’t talk to me…

About Austin

Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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7 Responses to Is It Safer Under The Covers?

  1. Yes, it is wise to stay home with an occasion outing to a safe place with a mask. While at home, you can get in touch with friends via email or Facebook. It is healing to contact others and see how they are doing and if you can help them in any way by giving them courage or friendship. One of my dear friends came by with some masks for us, dropping them off near the door and talking to me from six feet away while wearing a mask himself. Another friend just dropped off some groceries.I am involved in a wonderful online class of animal communication. with a group of wonderful, caring people. Reach out, as you now are, and touch base with other bloggers. Stay safe. Blessings.

  2. beth says:

    i love ‘day infinity plus one.’ always good to err on the safe side right now, but also good to reach out in ways you can, as suggested above, virtually, taking safe walks/runs, helping others in safe ways, just keeping human contact and a contact with nature. you’ve been in quarantine for a while now, so you’ve increased your odds of not getting it, and i think we all will need to find a comfortable way to make our way back out into the world, but we will be okay.

  3. markbialczak says:

    Your isolationist ways are to be admired, Austin, in comparison to the folks I saw on my dear wife Karen and I’s park-walk this weekend who were not wearing masks or worried about how far they were from other folks. We of course had our masks on and veered left or right to keep our space. It was our first time to the park in a month. We picked Easter Sunday thinking the crowd would be down, and I think we were right.

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