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Galway Lake, New York

When did the impact of COVID-19 first occur to you? How did your reaction to COVID-19 change between then and the first case in your town?

Mid March 2020.I was forced to become a recluse. Since I did not use my car, the battery died. In someways, I enjoyed not having to go anywhere but eventually I experienced cabin fever.

How is your life different now than it was before the pandemic?

I have eliminated social gatherings. I Miss sharing time with friends.

How are you feeling? What are you doing to relieve stress?

I feel fine. I exercise, read books, bake, create online photo books, work on my Family Tree on Ancestry, visit via phone calls and enjoy time with my immediate family.

What have you noticed has changed in your community since the outbreak? What has surprised you?

Social activities I have stopped. I am surprised that so many of us have adapted to this dramatic change in lifestyle.

Are you a business owner who has had to close? If you are still open, how have you had to adjust how your business operates?


Are you an essential employee? What do you do? What precautions are being taken at your workplace? What precautions are implementing at home?

I am not an essential employee but I have instituted precautions at home. I wear a mask and social distance if any repair person has to enter my home. I have soap, sanitizer and paper towels at every sink.

Are you an employee who has been laid off or furloughed? Were you able to get unemployment? Were you able to retain your health insurance?

I am retired and was able to retain my health insurance.

Are you working from home? What adjustments or challenges are you experiencing?

As I said, I am retired. The adjustments, though, I have made are having my children pick up groceries and ordering items from Amazon.

Do you have children at home? How’s it going?

I have an 8 year old grandson living upstairs. It’s wonderful having him visit, play the piano, play ping-pong And just be around.

If you’re a student, was school canceled? Were you able to complete your studies online? Do you think you’ll be back on campus in the fall?

My granddaughter is a college student and wanted to return to school which she did. Unfortunately, she’s having Covid symptoms as are other students. This means her school may have a shut down for two weeks. My grandson is a third grader and his parents have decided to keep him at home until Thanksgiving and do virtual learning.

How are you using social media, the Internet, or digital platforms during the pandemic?

I enjoy using Facebook with my friends, family and Galway like community. I use the Internet for Spiritual support such as Mass and other uplifting presentations. I read books online. Create digital photo books and update my family tree on ancestry.com.

Did you have to postpone any major life events? (e.g. Graduation, wedding, major birthday) What did you do instead?

I postponed visits from my children in Colorado until August when airline protocol protection had improved.

Do you have animals? Did you adopt a pet? How have they impacted your day?

I don’t have animals. My children upstairs have a dog And I have my children and grandchildren. They are my pets!

What positive things did you contribute to or notice take place?

Since I’m a gardener, I’ve enjoyed planting pollinator plants in my environment.

Did you or someone you know contract COVID-19? What was it like?

I don’t know anyone with Covid unless it turns out that my granddaughter in college has it. If so, I would be sad for her since she wanted to return to college so badly and her education is being held up.

If you lost someone during the pandemic, how did you celebrate their lives?

I didn’t lose anyone during this pandemic but if I did, I would celebrate their life by sending notes to their family and contributing to a charity in memory of them. Since I have a strong belief in God,I am confident that they are in their eternal home and quite at peace.

What do you wish you knew before the pandemic began?

I can’t imagine anything except appreciating the happy social get together’s we were able to have before.

What would you want future generations to know about the 2020 pandemic? How would you recommend they prepare for it?

I can’t imagine any way to prepare for something like this pandemic.

How do you think this pandemic will change how we behave going forward? What will the “new normal” look like?

I can’t possibly predict what the new normal will look like.

Is there anything else you would like to add that hasn't already been asked above?

I would say appreciate the moment, be kind, let go of judgments and criticisms, help one another, care for our earth, simplify our lives and realize That God is always with us.

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“Lenore,” Leaving Our Fingerprints on History, accessed August 10, 2022, https://fingerprints.sals.edu/omeka/items/show/223.

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