The COVID Nightmare
So Covid has been going on for almost a year, and it's been quite a ride. We survived the first wave of this harrowing roller coaster simulation by keeping ourselves busy at home, planting a garden, ripping up our lawn and replacing it with clover. It provided us with hours of back-breaking, but satisfying entertainment, that is, until fall arrived with its bad weather. All of a sudden, we had nothing to do, and thus began ... the COVID nightmares!
Now, I'm quite sure you've all experienced this -- the dream where you forget to bring a mask? Where you're in the grocery store loaded with non-social distancing people whose faces are naked as a jaybird?
I had a particularly memorable one the other night. In it, my husband and I had organized a mahjong tournament in some covered beach area. I was laying down mahjong sets on tables along with snacks and drinks when all of a sudden, I remembered - COVID-19!!! Did I have a mask somewhere? I started searching every pocket I possessed but came out empty-handed. And what was worse, was that our friends were arriving ... maskless as well!
"OMG! I thought. "What am I going to do? We'll all catch the COVID. Then, to make matters even more complicated, I spied a police car in the distance. "Oh, no! I'll be charged a fortune for having organized this event." As the RCMP vehicle loomed ever closer, I could just make out the scowling masked faces of the officers inside. Panicked, I waved frantically to our friends, telling them to run, but they thought I was waving hello. "NO!" I cried, as they came closer, their smiles as wide as the Cheshire Cat. "Go back!" And then ... I woke up.
Now, let's take my husband. That same night, he dreamt we had gone to Mexico. When we arrived, he suddenly remembered, "COVID-19!" Going into a panic, his mind whirled around a mile a minute. "What was I thinking? There's COVID everywhere. We'll be stuck in our room, and we'll have to quarantine for two weeks when we get back."
This happens almost every night and will keep happening until I get that darned shot, if ever I get the shot...
What about you? What's your COVID nightmare?
And while I'm at it, why don't you lull yourself to sleep with one of my novels? I can't say your dreams will be less scary, but maybe you'll have a new kind of nightmare - maskless unicorns, crazy fiddlers who don't cough in there elbow, or perhaps you'll meet a couple settling in Canada during the Spanish flu. Until next time!