Today, when I went to take it out, I saw my neighbor sweeping her driveway. I haven't seen her in months, I wanted to say hello. Her back was to me, I called her name until she heard me. She was so overjoyed to see me she started coming towards me. Please don't come, I said, I don't want to go near anyone yet. She kept coming, saying she was hard of hearing, and needed to be closer. I said no, no. I held up my hands like a traffic cop. '
She said don't worry, you won't give me anything, my husband and daughter already had it a few weeks ago, I didn't catch it, and they're on the mend. I said was it the corona virus?
She said yes, that her husband, who is a doctor, knew it was. She thought she was now immune. She didn't want me to think I could give her anything bad.
I said what about us? You could give us something. We need to stay apart. Please don't come any closer.
She is in her late 80s and has been showing increasing signs of memory loss/possible dementia for a couple of years now. Today, she seemed to have trouble with the idea of the virus, and who could give what to whom. She wanted me to come to her house. I promised her I'd see her when all this was over.
What an unsettling experience. The world has truly gone mad. And to boot, we were standing in a light rain. Rain? Doesn't the world know it never rains in Southern California? Especially in May?
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