That’s One Good Thing!


My friend, Linda, who puts out a wonderful food blog ( from her home in England, wrote today about frustrations of this situation we’re in. Lock-down, isolation, quarantine: by any name, it is frustrating. Different for each one of us, I’m sure.

The “normal life” things that I miss are based on what I’m used to; I suppose that’s true for each of us. Also, like me, many may be finding things they like very much about this slower world. It’s an opportunity to experience a whole different lifestyle. Though I feel guilty acknowledging benefits to a crisis that has caused so much pain, and even death, there are good things going on.

Likewise, I hate to grumble. There are things that I miss, and things that are more difficult now, at least for the time being. Like Linda, I feel like I should just be quiet about inconveniences, and disruptions of normal activities. Many folks are enduring much worse. This is serious stuff. We all know that.

Still, it’s human nature, isn’t it, to make comparisons, for better or worse? So I appreciate the almost total lack of traffic as I walk my dogs down the Fox Lake Road; I worry that I’m down to three rolls of toilet paper; and I whine to myself about changes in my routine. Sometimes, I’m bored.

These are things I was thinking about while mulling over Linda’s [much more articulate] blog on this topic. She mentioned the urge to fall back on dinners of beans on toast when cooking for just herself and her husband. Then the realization struck me: I don’t have a husband!

Right away, I felt a wave of relief that I am not contending with relationship issues, or even simple “man-in-the-house” issues during this time. Now, I know nothing about Linda’s husband; I’m sure he’s a very nice man. I can, however, conjure up extremely clear images of my own ex-husband, and a few other men that I kept company with over the years. They all had their good points. Being confined in quarantine with any one of them? A nightmare!

Terry hated to play games. He despised being stuck at home. He would have broken quarantine, I’m sure, just to get away from me. Or, he would be sleeping. He slept when he was bored; he snored when he slept. Others watched too much TV, or cheated at games, or talked too much, or never wanted to talk. It’s clear that, if I had company here, I’d be miserable

Hearing about efforts at home-schooling, I already thought to be glad that I no longer have small children at home. Until today, I hadn’t thought to be grateful that I am single! In all of this madness, that’s one good thing!

About cindyricksgers

I am an artist. I live on an island in northern Lake Michigan, USA. I have two grown daughters, four strong, smart and handsome grandsons and one beautiful, intelligent and charming granddaughter. I live with two spoiled dogs. I love walking in the woods around my home, reading, writing and playing in my studio.

7 responses »

  1. Ha, I’m just catching up with a backlog of friends’ posts and only just saw this! Thanks for the shout-out and the kind words. I’m glad you’re doing well in spite of the lock-down, Cindy. I’m rather glad I don’t have small kids either, some of my friends are going quietly (or loudly) round the bend trying to home school and having them home 24 hours a day. They’ve certainly discovered a new, deep-seated respect for the teaching profession. And yes, for the record, my husband is a very nice man. Thank goodness. šŸ˜€ Take good care.

    • Thanks for reading, Linda, and thank you for the inspiration! Blogging material can be a little hard to come by, in isolation. If I had a husband, I’m afraid all my writing would be rantings and railing about what I was putting up with! I’m glad your husband is a good one! Happy Mother’s Day!

  2. Smiling…it can be so challenging for lots of folks cooped up with husbands (and wives) during this crazy time. I am glad you’re looking on the bright side of being single! Hoping, though, that we find a way through this crazy time, right?

    • I’ve heard of situations that would be awful, but many couples are finding the good, and enjoying the time together. I’m fairly certain I would not have been one of those lucky ones! Thanks for reading, Kathy, and for your comments. Happy Mother’s Day!

  3. Husby and I are hermits by nature. Even from each other sometimes! We don’t depend on each other’s company, but appreciate it when we want to talk, play, or just be around each other. Quarantine hasn’t affected us too much, at least in regard to our relationship. Yay for that!

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