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Gansevoort, 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?
The impact first occurred to me when school was closed for what we thought was a few weeks. I thought it was an overreaction, but when I saw that people that I was connected to, however distantly, had either died or were in the hospital, my attitude changed.
How is your life different now than it was before the pandemic?
I would say that my life is more relaxed. I don't feel like I always have to be going "somewhere." Just being at home with the kids or going for a walk can mean as much as always running around.
How are you feeling? What are you doing to relieve stress?
I feel stressed that school might not be back to "normal" in the fall. To relieve it, I'm making plans for what life will be like if the kids don't go back to school. Cooking helps relieve the stress, too!
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?
I am a family photographer, and I made the decision to close. While I could be doing "social distancing" photo shoots, I'm taking this opportunity to take online courses and refine my techniques.
Do you have children at home? How’s it going?
I have 3 daughters. The oldest one has adjusted well, and is thriving even. My middle daughter is struggling socially and emotionally, even though she is doing well with her school work. The youngest is 3, and is having the hardest time. All she wants to do is play with her sisters, but she can't while they're doing school work. She is bored, and is missing the interactions she had at her "school."
Do you have animals? Did you adopt a pet? How have they impacted your day?
We have 2 dogs and a cat. They seem happy to have us home! Lots of nice cuddles and play time.
What positive things did you contribute to or notice take place?
We were part of the 518 rainbow hunt, painted rocks and hid them all over our neighborhood, and did what we could to maintain Hudson Crossing Park.
Did you or someone you know contract COVID-19? What was it like?
A coworker of my mom's contracted it. She's a nurse in a hospital in Utica. She ended up in the hospital for weeks , and is still in rehab. It appears that she has permanent damage to her heart and lungs.
How do you think this pandemic will change how we behave going forward? What will the “new normal” look like?
I hope that this pandemic will help us value human lives and being together more. Current events certainly suggest otherwise, but I'm still hopeful.
Southern Adirondack Library System
“Wendy,” Leaving Our Fingerprints on History, accessed December 8, 2022, https://fingerprints.sals.edu/omeka/items/show/77.