Thoughts on life from Pat Oaks
I have stated in former posts how we are giving out food every day at our church. We work from 10-12 bagging it up, then we work from 12-5 giving it out as cars drive by in the parking lot. Today when we reported for parking lot duty, we were told we had to wear masks and gloves according to the CDC (Center for Disease Control.) I'm not sure why, since we have been doing this for the past two weeks without masks. We have been wearing gloves, but no masks. I had to take my glasses off because they kept clouding up. It made me have new respect for surgeons (I am talking to you Celeste!). I don't know how they are able to see what they are doing!
We have friends who run a mission in Nicaragua, Sandy and Joe. They barely made it out on a plane and are quarantined in their home until they are sure they haven't been infected. They said the president of Nicaragua wouldn't let his medical people wear either a mask or gloves because he didn't want to alarm the people!
Do you ever just wonder where all this will end? Who do we believe? Who decides what we can and cannot do? I also heard that the borders have been closed in N.C. and no one is allowed out or in. I must admit I am frustrated, as are a lot of you. I don't worry and I don't fret, but I do wonder how much longer we can go without everything just coming to a standstill.
There will always be germs, and diseases and wars and rumors of war, and I don't think we should be careless or stupid, but there has to come a time when this ends and things go back to normal. There has to come a time when I don't go to the grocery store and just laugh because the shelves that have toilet paper and lysol spray are empty, while the liquor shelves are well stocked....not a bare shelf in that area!
Honestly, I haven't bought toilet paper for a month. Thankfully, John boy got a deal right before all this hit where if you buy 5 packages you save $5, so we did. We bought one package when we were in Florida for two weeks and had two rolls left which we brought home. Other than that I am not going to go crazy buying up all the toilet paper in the stores.
As I am writing this, I just had a text from my friend Lori who lives in N.C. She said the border closing is a lie. Sigh! Like I said....when will it end?
Oh well. Until it does, I will get up each day, don my mask and gloves and pass out food. All our gigs are cancelled, so we are free to do this, for which I am thankful. I am thankful for each of you as well, and pray that you will stay healthy and happy. When this is over, if you don't recognize me without my mask, I'll carry one to slip on just so you will know who I am!