And here we are…

Well, things are escalating rapidly in the world, aren’t they? I’m at home, typing this, wondering if I’ll have a job when it’s over. The indie I work for has shut its doors, temporarily laying off 80% of its employees without pay, and with health insurance only through the end of the month. Coming soon: massive permanent layoffs. I love my job – and it’s one I think I’m pretty damn good at. But beyond that, I have so many co-workers who will truly struggle if they are laid off during this economy.

Being laid off gives us the opportunity to apply for unemployment, but the system is SO OVERWHELMED right now, that it’s taking people multiple attempts, and several hours on hold, before they can figure out what’s going on. And, to be honest – with that many people claiming unemployment, I have to wonder if the government will have the funds available to be able to pay them all.

It’s a scary time right now, because all of that uncertainty doesn’t even cover those who are more susceptible to this virus, and are (rightfully) worried over the terrible job that our current administration has done thus far. A big kudos to the state leaders who have stepped it up to fill the gaping hole…I’m just not sure if it’s going to be enough.

Final thoughts here, before this gets TOO depressing. Wash your hands – THOROUGHLY. 20-30 full seconds, people. Practice social distancing TO THE BEST OF YOUR ABILITY. When you can, check in on others – text, phone call, window knocking. Support small businesses – restaurants, indie bookstores, etc. They’re all struggling and trying to figure out how to keep their business open and take care of their people.

Above all, folks. Be Kind. To yourself, and to others. We need it right now, and you really have no idea how one moment of kindness might have a HUGE impact on someone’s life. ESPECIALLY right now, when so many are worried, and feeling alone.

Author: stillmorewords

Small-town girl, living in a big city. Former Coastie, married with 2 kids. Inveterate reader of all genres, though non-fiction and YA currently rule. Indie bookstore employee, small business owner, tea drinker.

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