March was a f***ing dickhead, is what it was. Now, to be fair, it started off innocently enough. Oh sure, we were in the middle of a worldwide pandemic, but March is when COVID-19 gained the kind of speed and tenacity that woke up the Western world. It was also when I went to the ER for the first (and hopefully last) time.
As American expats in Thailand, we had been keeping a close eye on the spread of the virus since January, so have prepared ourselves as best as we could. I knew it was coming, but I guess I was foolishly hoping it wouldn’t. Unfortunately, I can’t talk about the situation as I might accidentally say something that is considered false.
Although, the real unexpected blow happened to us mid-month when the BF needed medical attention for an appendectomy. He’s okay, but it was a scary and stressful time. I had to be the strong one during his operation and recovery. And I gained some insight into what caregivers go through, how bankruptcy could start, and what its like to feel helpless for a loved one.
At the same time, our school closed down which means no income. We were also worried about returning to the hospital to have his stitches removed during COVID, but it wasn’t a problem.
We started saying “it’s a good thing you got your appendectomy taken out when you did – unless you get COVID”…” it’s a good thing we got your stitches out now – unless you get COVID” … “aren’t we lucky to have nabbed the last can of black beans – unless we get COVID” and so on.
“Unless you get COVID” is 2020’s “That’s what he said” one-liner.
But now that we’ve settled into Thailand’s State of Emergency or staying at home, I’ve been surprisingly busy. With the help of a wonderful editor, I’m modifying my memoir. On a lark, I entered a giveaway for a free flash nonfiction month-long course and won! So I’ve been chipping away at that. Also, I’m teaching IELTS test prep online to a witty student who hopes to study in Australia in a few months.
Anyway, this month I have only one photo to offer, but it’s what I feel is the perfect representation of not only my world right now but what’s happening globally.
The Changing Seasons is a monthly challenge where bloggers around the world share what’s been happening in their month.
If you would like to join in, here are the guidelines:
The Changing Seasons Version One (photographic):
Each month, post 5-20 photos in a gallery that you feel represent your month.
Don’t use photos from your archive. Only new shots.
Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons so that others can find them.
The Changing Seasons Version Two (you choose the format):
Each month, post a photo, recipe, painting, drawing, video, whatever that you feel says something about your month.
Don’t use archive stuff. Only new material!
Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons so others can find them.
How was your March?