It has been 6 months since DH & I returned from a month in South America and I posted this photo of 2 Spark Friends (Phebess and me) meeting up in Puerto Chacabuco, Chile as our 2 cruise ships docked there on the same day sailing in opposite directions around Cape Horn.
DH & I are now “hermits”
We do not go to the gym. We no longer swim in the pool
I no longer sing with my chorale. We don’t attend church in person
Obviously, we no longer travel.
6 months ago I updated our website “Where in the World are Eileen and Joe”
Our last 18 world treks over the past 2 ½ years was ambitious even for us, but we expected to stay home for a “FEW MONTHS” in the Spring of 2020 since we had grandchildrens’ graduations & related festivities on the schedule (3 college, 1 high school).
The plan was to attend summer courses in both Slovakia and Lithuania (Language and Culture) and drive around on our own. Then 2 months in the Fall cruising Hawaii, South Pacific islands, Australia and New Zealand. I really wanted to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef.
Note, this is not a complaint. I am well aware that we are better off than many others.
Life in the hermitage:
“Lithuanian Language and Culture” was offered online by the University in Kaunas and Joe and I earned our certificates along with students from over 40 countries. It was very comprehensive and well organized. We are continuing to study on our own anticipating a follow up course beginning in January.
Joe swims in the lake as much as possible & I run/walk outside in the early morning and walk intervals in the house throughout the day in what DH calls “the route of the confused squirrel”
My set of hand weights get a workout too. Stretching and basic yoga – YES.
Joe gardens and for the first time in years we are home to cook & eat the results of his efforts
We pretty much stay in our home “bubble” with only a trip to the grocery store every 10 days or so. I also go into the office of our local charity once a week. As treasurer I am responsible for paying the bills. In both cases we wear our N95 masks and carry hand sanitizer.
If our hermit life seems excessive to anyone, I should explain.
We live in an area when many people do not take the virus seriously.
Some believe in “survival of the fittest”
My cousin died in April at home alone.
She was 83 and likely infected by someone who “refused to live their lives in fear” without concern for how their actions affect others.
Sadly, she doesn’t get to live a life at all. The attitude “she was old, how many more years did she have anyway?” was not at all comforting. We are 73 & 75 and also considered expendable by some.
While I am able to maintain my weight and general fitness level on my own, I remember the support and friendship of the Spark community. I believe a daily check in will be a welcome addition to my hermit life.
Stay safe. Stay well.