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Ballston Spa, 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?
March 13th our schools closed for 5 weeks. At that time I thought that was excessive. Most other schools were only closing for 2 weeks. But it wasn't until mid-sized April that the impact of COVID-19 began to occur to me. I am not sure if we have any cases in our town. Our county yes. I really thought this would pass as people "stayed home" and then we could go back to life as it was. Now I'm afraid to leave my home and I never take the kids anywhere.
How is your life different now than it was before the pandemic?
We don't go anywhere . We stay home. We don't go to the park, I don't take the kids to visit dad at work, we don't go to the library (it's closed), kids are learning from home for school, they spend way more time on technology or watching tv, we don't have friends over or visit with friends or family, there will be no kindergarten graduation for my son, I wear a facemask when grocery shopping only going when my husband can watch the kids,
How are you feeling? What are you doing to relieve stress?
I feel ok most of the time but get saddened when my kids cry because they can't play with friends or go with me to run errands or want to visit daddy at work. I don't really do anything to deal with the stress just keep going.
What have you noticed has changed in your community since the outbreak? What has surprised you?
Libraries are closed, restaurants only serve take out with limited menus, people aren't out and about, schools are closed, most people wear masks when out. What has surprised me? How cavalier some people are and the attitude that COVID is a conspiracy.
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?
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?
Are you working from home? What adjustments or challenges are you experiencing?
Do you have children at home? How’s it going?
Yes. It is tough. They are young and don't really understand. They want to go to school and play with friends and visit family. They are tired of mom being the teacher. They argue and have melt downs often.
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?
Did you have to postpone any major life events? (e.g. Graduation, wedding, major birthday) What did you do instead?
Birthdays. We just had quiet birthdays with just our immediate family in our house with promises of parties after coronavirus.
Do you have animals? Did you adopt a pet? How have they impacted your day?
What positive things did you contribute to or notice take place?
I don't really go anywhere other than grocery store.
Did you or someone you know contract COVID-19? What was it like?
If you lost someone during the pandemic, how did you celebrate their lives?
We are fortunate so far and haven't lost anyone.
What do you wish you knew before the pandemic began?
That is was going to last for a long time.
What would you want future generations to know about the 2020 pandemic? How would you recommend they prepare for it?
I have always been told to save save save! I would tell others to save save save. You never know when you are going to need it.
How do you think this pandemic will change how we behave going forward? What will the “new normal” look like?
Not sure but I'm afraid for the future and for my kids.
Southern Adirondack Library System
“Annie,” Leaving Our Fingerprints on History, accessed January 21, 2022, https://fingerprints.sals.edu/omeka/items/show/99.