March was not the highlight of my year.
Of course, it wasn’t the lowlight either; obviously the year isn’t over yet, so I don’t know which month will be the worst. And March couldn’t have been too awful – I saw Andrew! It can get much, much worse. But it can also get better. I shall hope for the best. *nods resolutely*
March came in like a lion. Remember how I said I got the flu at the end of February? Well, then my mom got it after I recovered, so I took care of the house (like, feeding people, and making sure we had enough clean dishcloths). On the day after she started to get better, I had a relapse so bad that I could literally only lie in bed. I had no energy for ANYTHING, not even reading! And I am a strict one for personal hygiene, but I didn’t even have enough energy to shower. O.o Definitely it was the worst I’ve ever been sick in years. (note: take my complaints in stride – I’m sure COVID-19 is much worse.)
Well, I had been planning on going to the Oh Beloved One praise service, and sadly, I was not well enough by then. I did recover sufficiently to do a photoshoot for a family friend (not knowing that it was going to be my last photoshoot in a loooooong time). And went to the first church membership class.
Life dragged on as normal, and we arrived at the week of the 15th. I was supposed to fly out to Andrew’s on the 19th (which never felt like it would happen) and sure enough, on Tuesday, my intuition was right. I wasn’t going. I was quite willing to take the risk, but things started to really go down, and my parents were worried about me flying out there. Not only might I pick up the coronavirus, but what if the airlines shut down and I couldn’t get back? (I will admit, not being able to come back home from visiting Andrew wasn’t exactly making me anxious – I would have been quite happy to stay longer with his sister and sEe hIm OfTEn.)
*pauses to cough because in the middle of March I was STILL coughing from the flu I had*
Doesn’t my phone have an AMAZING camera? Oh well.
But, Andrew came and visited me. AND I needed that so much. We hadn’t seen each other in 6 weeks, and not only was I doubting if we would ever see each other again, I was pretty much arriving at the point where I was doubting if he even existed, so yeah. AND WE TOOK PICTURES. Andrew and I went hiking (before they shut down the Blue Ridge Parkway!!) up to Craggy Gardens where I love to shoot, and had a picnic, and climbed a tree, and read some of The Penderwicks, and bought flour (loooong story) and went driving down the blue ridge with music blaring and windows down and we held hands and I sang and he whistled and I was literally the epitome of happiness.
It was awesome. Also J.J. Heller’s song Long Way Home is amazing.
I have a lot of stuff. ALSO I AM REALLY, TRULY, MOVING.
After Andrew left (taking practically everything I own back with him, as seen above), life went back to – wait, what is normal now? I’m not sure. Earlier in the month, my great-grandma had a stroke, and fell and fractured her hip, so after quite a lot of drama and anxiety and the rehab place locking down, we were able to bring her home (praise the Lord!!) and I started doing physical therapy with her twice a day.
And we made a decision regarding wedding plans, since everything was so…weird and up in the air. (I’ll talk about them later…but we’re not having a big wedding, essentially. I mean, it’s illegal anyway, now…)
And that was my March. A little weird. Praise the Lord, my family has not directly been affected – everyone still has jobs, (well, except for me – I don’t know when I’ll have another photoshoot, but I’m working for my parents, so I’m not broke), no one is sick, and even our extended family is okay.
I’m curious as to what April holds. At the beginning of March, if you told me we’d be under a stay-at-home mandate and it would be illegal to have more than 10 people together in one room (GUYS, that’s literally the size of my aunt’s family!), I would have probably said you were crazy. So I can’t imagine what will be not crazy at the end of April, if this all keeps up.
Stay safe. Also, Can’t Complain by Relient K is a great song to listen to.
p.s. how are you doing? can I pray for you? please let me know!