Adult Stretchy Athletic Pants

“This is not a game.”

How often have we heard that in TV, movies or elsewhere?

Today, it’s a mantra of some, taking the health of self and humanity seriously.

Others, perhaps not so much, and this is where I struggle deeply.

With pastors that still want their church pews filled, with politicians who promise a timeline of return to “normal” or refuse to shut down an election, and with people who continue to defy social distancing and safety practices because of an unwillingness to sacrifice those warm, fuzzy feelings they get when around family and friends.”

Really, this is not a game.

I urge everyone to put on those adult stretchy athletic pants and get over it. Stop putting yourself at risk. Stop putting others at risk. Stop adding to the death toll.

I understand that we have over 10% unemployment in this country, business owners worried about failure, families without health insurance, stock market decline, grocery and PPE shortages, and a number of other issues surrounding the COVID-19 virus. But I ask you these questions…

Do you want to be healthy or ill?

Do you want a job and insurance or a hopital bed and ventilator?

Are you concerned about your 401K account or the well-being of parents, grandparents, or friends?

How would you feel if you were responsible for making parents, grandparents or friends ill with a virus?

Is taking your entire family shopping at Wal-Mart for a couple of hours more important than teaching them lessons about weathering emotional hardship in times of isolation?

Doesn’t creating a massive line at a voting booth conflict with our constitutional and human right to be safe at home?

Do you believe Jesus loves a church community more if they sacrifice their safety rather than hold services online?

Can you hold out at home for another month or longer to save this country and the world from a continuing pandemic?

Given a choice, is it better to be alive or dead?

I would rather not harp on the situation, but this is the one thing that weighs on my mind, other than the potential of being ill with the virus.

Natasha and I have a routine. We stay at home, but go out for walks or a bike ride. We order what we can online and curbside pick-up when available. We wash our hands every time we enter the apartment. We sanitize everything we bring into our home and we sanitize our home. We stay six feet away from our neighbors, which has been weird because we’re all friends. We watch Star Trek and Saturday westerns and taming dragon movies rather than run about town. Natasha and I continue to work from home and I only go into the office when no one is there in order to pick up mail.

This is not an exciting life and I suspect my roommate and I will be happy to escape the walls of our apartment when it’s safe to go out and play again. I’m pretty sure I’ll never want a bedroom office again. But we keep doing this for an extremely good reason – so that we can still laugh and breathe together six months from now. A year from now. Or for as long as we live.

I urge you to sacrifice a while longer, for the good of everyone. I urge you to think of yourself in a manner that helps the community stay safe. I ask that you stop acting on what your dangerous emotions are telling you to do.

Put on your adult stretchy athletic pants and be comfortable with yourself at home.

Do as a Burger King ad says and be a good Couch Potatriot.

Play a game of Scrabble or Yahtzee or Hopscotch with your kids and allow life to recuperate and feel well again.

20 responses to Adult Stretchy Athletic Pants

  1. Dan Antion says:

    It’s a hard message to deliver but you did well. It’s necessary. It makes sense. It’s the right thing to do. Together, we will get through this. The alternative is simply unacceptable.

    Whatever week of remote work you’re beginning, Mary, I hope it’s a good one.

    Take care, be well.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I don’t believe everyone thinks of the consequences of what can happen in not being careful, Dan. I’m glad that you, the Editor and all of the friends, family and bloggers have stayed healthy. I’m willing to work from home for as long as it takes to not have continued illness and death over this virus.

  2. Day 29 here, and the state is going to be ‘stay at home’ for another 21 days. I hope I have a functioning brain at the end. 🙂 I made an interesting observation about face coverings this week. Local grocery store and small farm store shoppers had at least 75% face coverings which make me feel better for sure. However, I had to return an online purchase to Walmart and saw shoppers going in and out and in the checkout lines, and I would estimate I saw less than six shoppers with face coverings. I was going to look for a couple of things, but decided I would just head right back home after taking my mask off and decontaminating in my car. I’ll continue to order what I can online and hope I don’t have many more returns. Stay safe and enjoy your walks.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Judy, you described why I no longer want to shop at the mega grocery story. Too many people and I can’t be sure that the majority of shoppers will be wearing masks. I’d rather continue the online shopping or curbside pickup and feel safe. I’m glad your state continues the “stay at home” order and I hope that you and your brain stay safe.

  3. It’s so frustrating and I can hear that in your voice. Although, I think you did a wonderful job of expressing your views with practical kindness.
    It’s been quite amazing to see the majority of Aussies do what they’ve been told, for a nation used to being sceptical of authority. Maybe because, as the land of fires and flooding rains, we are also used to coming together in a crisis. Don’t get me wrong, we have the same foolish people who insist on doing what they like here but I’m pretty sure the hefty fines such folk are getting whacked with will have an effect.
    Enjoy your adult stretchy pants, your healthy routine and stay safe.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Yes, your country was hit with a one-two punch of fire and pandemic. I’m believing that the majority of U.S. citizens are following guidelines, but for some I think the lure of wanting life to be normal again is too great to consider staying at home. I was trying to be kind in this post, but when there is no thought to what one does in the face of possible harm, it makes me shake my head in disbelief. I am glad you and family are staying safe, Heather.

  4. dweezer19 says:

    Well said Mary. I shake my head every day with some of the things I hear. The same people who, a couple of months ago, could hardly drag themselves out of bed and the house to work, suddenly act like they are Stir crazy prisoners because they can’t go out and drink with friends or be ‘cooped up’ with their children. I raised four and know it isn’t easy but genuinely always wished I could be home with them rather than have them latchkey kids as they were. Yes, many people of all ages are being ridiculous about the rules and need to grow up and put on their mumus or stretchy pants and realize that distancing includes people you know-even family and close friend-that you don’t already live with. I watch neighbors congregate in their driveways and there are no masks, no gloves. We wear gloves when retrieving the mail. How many hands touch your mail? Humans love to deny what they choose to and are very impatient. 😞Stay well. Thanks for the wise words.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      You’re welcome, Cheryl. We sanitize our mail and even what’s inside our delivered boxes with gloves and one of two sprays that will kill the virus. The apartment smells like a swimming pool at times, but it’s worth it.

      The couple that live downstairs have two girls and evidently they are getting along better now than before the social distancing. There are positives to being cooped up with kids if, for no other reason, you have the company of family.

  5. loisajay says:

    I cringed when I read that LA pastor said neither the virus nor Satan was going to keep his congregation from meeting in person. They are willing to die! Did he clear that with them? Talk about playing God… This is a very bad inconvenience, but I hope so badly that there is a takeaway from this. And people get it. God loves a good stretchy pant–that is my new retirement wardrobe. Take care of all of you, Mary. Good post.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I would not be staying with that LA church and I’m wondering how much of that community attended service. Did they wear masks or pray for their lives?

  6. John Hric says:

    While we have done a lot of testing the testing we have done is only the people who displayed all the symptoms and we really needed to test. And we did not quite test all of those. Many of them ended up in the hospital and they were not tested because we did not have enough test kits at the time. Until we can test the ‘healthy’ and identify the walking infected and until we can identify those who had or have little or no symptoms. Until we can identify those who now carry the antibodies and who now might have immunity we still will only begin to have the tools we need to fight and control this menace. And of course the recycled stretchy pants cut up to make great masks.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Lol, I love my stretchy pants, so they will stay intact!

      My roommate and I were discussing the antibody tests and how that could effectively send some people back to work…as long as it is an accurate test. It’s a little bit of hope at this time.

  7. Joanne Sisco says:

    Who would ever have guessed that asking people to do nothing would be such a tall order?

    Every once in a while I’m a bit overwhelmed by how surreal this situation is, but then I remember what my parents lived through during the 30s and 40s. I realize how lucky I am that there are no bombs dropping on my home. In comparison, this isolation isn’t so bad at all.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I agree, Joanne. My parents were alive during World War II, my father was in the Army, in Europe, and one of mom’s brothers was a POW. I can’t even imagine what that was like for them and their families, so I cannot complain at all about the current situation or having to stay at home.

      • Joanne Sisco says:

        For those of us who grew up with the stories – and behaviours – of those who experienced real hardship, we recognize that our situation in comparison is luxurious.

        I appreciate that there are many who are truly suffering with no income and a lot of fear for the future, but somehow I don’t think they are the ones doing the most complaining about their rights during this isolation. They’re just trying to survive.

  8. Ally Bean says:

    I agree with you and I’m tired of seeing photos of people who aren’t taking this stay-at-home directive seriously. As if wearing a mask is a fashion accessory that makes them so cute that they can run around all they want? I don’t think so. On a lighter note, I didn’t know about being a Couch Potatriot. Sign me up, I know I could win at that.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I’ve been so busy with work-at-home, Ally, that I would welcome being a couch potatriot for a few days. Plus, the weather stinks right now, so happy to stay warm inside with the sleeping couch cats. 😏

  9. marianallen says:

    Preach, sister! I’m a natural-born recluse, and even I’m getting cabin fever. But cabin fever is better than Corona fever, yeah?

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