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Wait, WHO is this again?

April 3, 2020

I went for a walk last night around 10, to wind down and walk off the two cookies I cracked and ate today. It was eerily quiet. Lights were on in houses, I heard laughter coming from one. But it felt like everyone was just waiting.

I imagine this is what it must have been like during World War II. People just waited at home for dreadful news to come. Every night I watch the news and wait for the crush of sick people to crowd our hospitals like in New York. And I pray that my family is safe.

I pray that my kids and those cute little grandkids who call me Franma are OK. Worst part is, every time I pray I imagine a deep rumbling voice saying, “Wait…WHO is this again?

I pray that my 90 year old Uncle is safe. He was out for a walk along the river a few days ago, when he ran into a man — I assume he knew — who offered him a free bag of tomatoes. It’s like luring a child with candy. No grown Italian man can resist a free bag of tomatoes, so of course he took them home and made sauce with them. I’m sure he didn’t disinfect the bag, so we just have to hope he is OK.

I pray that my sister is safe every day because she’s working in retail. I pray my brother, who just HAD to run out and get bottles for his wine didn’t run into anyone who was sick because he would take down my sister-in-law too. I pray for my cousin’s wife who works at a hospital and said someone went in and lied about not having Covid 19.

And I pray for my other brother who just HAD to go out golfing, even though he knows he shouldn’t, because who knows if the other golfers are sick or well? And he’d take down his diabetic wife too! I pray for my family in Italy, and all my nephews and their kids. I pray for my friends who are all doing the right things, but I worry anyway.

Everything I touch, I think, could it be here? This is like one of those bad horror movies where you hold your breath because you never know which corner the crazed killer is going to jump from.

It’s weird to wait for sickness to waltz in like an unwanted guest.

And just a week ago, I was feeling pretty confident. Then I got furloughed from my job, which left me feeling a little less confident. Then I watched a video made by a doctor about how you have to wipe everything you bring into your home, which I didn’t do before. Lost a little more confidence there.

And last night as I walked, with the stars glittering, and the moon just hanging there watching as the world waits, a little more confidence was eclipsed by worry. I hope I’m worrying for nothing. I hope we all are.

  • Reply
    JoAnn Jones
    April 4, 2020 at 7:39 am

    Always love reading what you post, Fran , you are such a talented writer. I agree these are scary times and we worry about friends & family each day. I know God is with us and will guide us through this difficult time. Stay well, love you 😘🤗

    • Reply
      Fran Tunno
      April 4, 2020 at 7:39 pm

      Thanks JoAnn, for your kind words, for always reading and taking the time to comment. I appreciate that and am hoping you and the family are safe and healthy! Love you right back! Virtual hugs to the family.

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    Mary J Tunno
    April 3, 2020 at 9:36 pm

    Well written as always, Fran. If nothing else, this crappy virus perhaps has brought some of us in this world a little closer to God, . . . . . and that is never a bad thing. The smartest thing I think we all can do is take it one day at a time. That’s all we have anyway. Blessings to all.

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      Fran Tunno
      April 4, 2020 at 7:37 pm

      Thanks Mare. Yep, one day at a time is the only way. Take care and stay safe.

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    Bernie Tunno
    April 3, 2020 at 5:31 pm

    Are you cleaning your clothes and leaving your shoes outside?

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      Fran Tunno
      April 4, 2020 at 7:36 pm

      I wasn’t, last week, but I am now! Sheesh. Makes me hate going anywhere. Good thing I’m only out once a week. Stay safe! No more wine bottle shopping!

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    Terry Hodgson
    April 3, 2020 at 3:16 pm

    Oh Fran! So well put and I agree send to every newspaper around! You have such talent !!!!

    • Reply
      Fran Tunno
      April 3, 2020 at 3:55 pm

      Thanks so much for reading and taking the time to respond Terry. I hope you and the girls are doing well and staying safe!

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    Petrea Burchard
    April 3, 2020 at 9:19 am

    Oh, Fran. I’m sorry you were furloughed, and so many people are losing work. It doesn’t help. Like Linda said, we all feel it.

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      Fran Tunno
      April 3, 2020 at 11:10 am

      Thanks Petrea. Yeah, at least I’m in the same boat with most people. At least I’m not laid off, that would be worse, and I can still collect unemployment. So that definitely will help. I’m working on some writing and just taking care of things I never have time to take care of. My house will definitely be better for this, even if my pocketbook suffers.

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    Linda Cappella
    April 3, 2020 at 5:57 am

    Beautifully written, Fran. You should send this to your local newspaper. It puts into words what most of us are feeling. Stay well. Linda

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      Fran Tunno
      April 3, 2020 at 11:07 am

      Thanks Linda. It was so eerie last night, it just really struck me. This was one of my semi-annual serious posts. I think I’ll start going through old recipes and just cooking. That should help my anxiety level. I just need someone to feed or I’ll gain 100 lbs!

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