Updated: Aug 15, 2020
In February, we could see the writing on the wall that Coronavirus was coming. We felt mostly safe here in our little town Readsboro, Vermont but were wary of going out into the world. It was a nice sunny day and our daughter Kayla was riding around on her new bike she got for her birthday in January. On March 5th a group of her friends rolled up and asked if she could join them for the Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser. They got clipboards, fundraiser envelopes and pens. The four girls set out riding to all the houses in the neighborhood and knocked on doors for donations. Each donor could write in their pledge amount, and then deposit any cash or checks into the envelope. They returned about an hour later with smiles of their success.
Two days later, Vermont had the first suspected case of COVID-19 and wouldn't you know it, it was a gentleman from right down the street. Wow. Our little town is way off the beaten path even by Vermont standards. How could it have gotten here so quickly? Seconds later it set in that Kayla and her friends had been to that house two days previously. They had stood on the porch, knocked, and were greeted by the other couple that lived in the house with the gentleman, who was now in critical condition at the hospital, they had signed the donor sheet and generously handed each of the girls a twenty dollar bill.
Two more days passed and the people in Hazmat gear showed up at the neighbor’s house to deliver a letter confirming the man that lived with them had tested positive for COVID-19 and they should self-quarantine for 14 days and get tested. Paul and I were shocked that the virus was here in Readsboro and that the girls may have been exposed to it.
The following day Kayla came down with a low-grade fever. Luckily Kayla's fever never exceeded 100.7 degrees and she showed no other symptoms. Her fever passed after three days. As for myself and Paul, later that week we ended up with sore throats, and terrible headaches. When I say terrible, I mean head throbbing, pulsating, eyes burning painful kind of headache. We got through it though. We, like so many of you, have been staying home and waiting out this virus. I am so thankful to be working from my home office. Paul, a carpenter, has seen his usually busy job schedule become postponed at this time. Now with the stay at home order my "honey-do list" is finally getting done! There is some light in the tunnel.
Stay safe! I hope that you all are well. I know it is a tough time for so many people. As this situation unfolds, we are witnessing unforeseen circumstances that can be difficult or challenging. Many of you are most likely in quarantine, lock-down or even self-quarantine. We would love to hear from you.
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