Feeling a bit panicky and overwhelmed early on, I thought to myself, "Who can I reach out to that would offer some guidance that I could trust?"
It didn't take long before, Maretta, the real Maretta, who I drew off of for the protagonist in my novel, #CoolGrannies, came to mind. I gave her a call.
Always up to something, she shared with me that she had just adopted two old cats, Ben and Jerry.
"They are brothers, one is ten pounds the other one is eighteen pounds," she said with a tone that told me this irked her in some way. "Now I know why. Jerry eats all the food before Ben. So I have to coordinate their meals. I didn't really want two cats, but they were brothers and had to go together. My daughter called and begged me to adopt them because they were going to be euthanized."
I laughed, knowing these were the two luckiest cats on the planet.
"Maretta, I am calling because I wanted to get your perspective on this pandemic situation, how to deal with it. I wanted to hear from someone that I trust has ridden through tough times in a productive way." I shared.
"Hmm", Maretta paused as gave some thought to my question. It didn't take long. Then in her dry, truthful, matter-of-fact way, she shared these two bits of wisdom.
"Well, first of all people don't like their routines disrupted. If someone eats ice cream every night before bed, and now they can't have ice cream, they’re not going to like it."
Maretta paused again.
"When things like this happen, you just have to go through it. When President Kennedy was shot, the country was in chaos. We didn't know what was going to happen. But, eventually things settle down and new norms are established and life goes on."
She made it sound simple and doable. I immediately felt better.
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