Today, I am infused with the first bit of hope that I have felt since March 10, 2020. That was 3 days before school was shut down and a handful of days before everything in Newton was closed down. That Tuesday before the schools shut down, I felt the snowball pick speed down the hill. It didn’t take any great precognition to read the Times and hear what was happening in Italy and know what was going to happen here. I felt chilled to the bone and, imagination running wild, I thought I knew how bad it was going to be. And in many ways, my imagination didn’t do 2020 justice. I didn’t imagine how long and how wide the pandemic was going to be. In the past, I’ve imagined myself catastrophizing when bad things happened. About Covid 19, I was an optimistic minimalist.
Anyway, yesterday I got an email from our healthcare provider yesterday right after I dropped Julia off. I was told to log onto their website and there I was told to call the Covid hotline if I wanted to schedule a vaccine. I did not hesitate to call although I doubted that I was eligible for the vaccine yet. The state is still working on 75+ and there is a group of essential workers who also stood before me in line.
I called and the nurse told me they were vaccinating anyone over 65 and would I like to schedule. I asked when; she said tomorrow. I mumbled an “excuse me, tomorrow?” What I meant to say was, “tomorrow, tomorrow?” Or something equally as foolish.