We writers manage to find plenty to say about the pandemic. Some of it is uplifting. Some not so much. Yet, we are writing to keep ourselves sane, and so we write whatever touches us.
Today my husband and I experienced a first. And it brought to mind several other firsts that have happened during the pandemic. 
This first was a follow-up visit for each of us with our primary care doctor via Updox, like Zoom. Neither of us had had a medical visit via technology before, and so had no  idea what we were to do before, during, and after. Despite that, everything went very well.

How many other firsts have come our way since the quarantine began here in Oregon?
Here’s my shortlist. Based on a Phase II notice from our county today, it looks as if we’ll have plenty of time to add to it.
  • Grocery shopping online with curbside pickup.
  • Church worship via Zoom and using Facebook Live.
  • Attended a two-day writing workshop using Zoom.
  • Some of our choir members formed a small virtual choir.
  • For the first time, we searched the BBC reruns of our favorite shows. Now we have! And it’s a date every nite at 8:30 pm PST for Midsomer Murders.
  • New estate planning documents required two witnesses. Our attorney instructed us to witness the other’s signature due to unusual circumstances. Our next-door neighbor was our second witness. We signed documents on the inside of our storm door. Our neighbor watched and then signed from our front porch. Not your usual law firm conference room signing.
  • Prescription refills from a local pharmacy delivered to our door.
  • Celebrating birthdays and certain days, like Mother’s Day, without the usual gathering with family. We managed a short visit in our yard keeping accurate social distances. I sure missed the hugs!
  • And last, but not least, you think if you’re quarantined in a pandemic, you will come to no harm. Not so! A week ago, I was baking and couldn’t find my bottle of vanilla. I grabbed our two-step kitchen step stool and climbed to look for it on the top shelf of my spice cupboard. I found it! How it got there I don’t remember, but where I ended up I’ll never forget. I stepped down and then in a split second realized I had landed on my tailbone and hit my head on the floor. An unforgettable moment, which daily through pain reminds me to never do this again!
Any firsts happening for you these last few months that might not have happened if not for the pandemic? If you’re willing to share, feel free to leave a comment below.

experience, quote, Oscar Wilde


Featured Image Attribution: Marjon Besteman-Horn from Pixabay


9 thoughts on “Pandemic Firsts

  1. I admire all of your adaptations here, especially the two-day writing workshop using Zoom and the virtual choir, both getting you in touch with others.

    One of our next outings – Patio meeting for Father’s Day at our son’s house!

    Best advice: Stay off step stools, Sherrey! :0

    1. Marian, I’ve heard the words “stay off step stools” from both Bob and our doctor. I’ll add yours to my collection.

      In a conversation with our pastor yesterday, we talked a lot about the importance of connections right now. Our church is trying hard to keep our shut-ins and others without tech savvy connected in a variety of ways.

      A lovely celebration is planned, I see, for Father’s Day to honor Cliff and other fathers in the Beaman clan.

      I am blessed with your generous and loving spirit each time we exchange notes. Thank you!

  2. Sherrey, I cringed again when I read about your fall. No more of that sister! I don’t think I can add to this list only to repeat, I sure do miss those hugs. Stay safe!!

    1. Kathy, you and I should form the “fall support group.” Seems over the last couple of years we spend too much time falling. Hope your recovery is continuing to go well. Thanks for stopping by to share your thoughts.

      It is a joy to have you, along with Marian here, as you both fill my life with joy and love and lots of hope! Thank you.

      1. Oh my gosh, yes, Sherrey! A “fall support group” sounds like a reasonable option, given our histories. I feel the same about you and Marian. You are both a bright spot in my life and fill me with love, joy and hope. How blessed we are!💞

        1. Kathy, I’d love to gather the three of us together for a visit! Wouldn’t it be fun? Take care, and I promise not to fall again if you promise as well.

  3. Good reminder about step stools.
    I don’t think I would have opened up my old sewing machine if it wasn’t for the pandemic. I did it to make masks. Ended up being a lot of fun. Started my Blog during the pandemic too, and love every minute of working on it. Oh, I can’t forget the window visits with our grandchildren. NEVER did that before for sure!

    1. Diane, welcome to the slow lane! I hope you will enjoy it here and will return again and gain. Good for you for making the masks and started your blog during the pandemic. Window visits have become the norm lately, haven’t they?

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