Today, we’re sharing our Stuck at Home: Activities & Online Resource List.
I had every intention of getting a post out on Monday. But you guys, I’m just going to be honest, I had a COVID-19 moment and decided to take a mental wellness day to clear my mind.
If you haven’t had a COVID-19 moment yet, it’s probably coming.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been distracted, anxious or frustrated these past few days and my apology almost always sounds like a version of “I’m really sorry, I just had a COVID-19 moment right there.”
Thankfully, everyone around me gets it because they feel the same way too.
Last week, those COVID-19 moments didn’t happen very frequently at all. In fact, it kind of felt like we were in the middle of hurricane season in “prep and wait” mode.
But over the weekend, my bestie S and I found ourselves in the middle of an argument between a customer and a store employee that brought everything I’d been internalizing right up to the surface.
So, we were at the self-checkout…
We were at the self-checkout of a big box retail store. You know, one that sells everything from tomatoes to camping gear to pajamas all in the same store.
This store in particular usually comes with a lot of extra drama which is why we hardly ever shop there.
But given we had gone to 3 different grocery stores which had no beef, chicken, eggs, milk or bread we went out of desperation.
While we were cashing out our transaction, we heard a store employee yelling at the young lady that was operating the self-checkout station across from us.
“What do you think you’re doing buying 2 gallons of milk and 2 loaves of bread! Can’t you read the sign? You know you’re only allowed one of each, so you better put them back right now.”
My guess is that the young lady buying groceries was maybe 19 or 20. She was clearly caught off guard by the store employee. With watery eyes and a trembling voice, she said, “’I’m also shopping for my grandfather. He’s 75 and can’t come out to shop because he’s not well.”
To which the employee yelled back, “I don’t care what your situation is lady. We all have a situation at home. I’m just trying to do my job and you’re not walking out of here with 2 gallons of milk and 2 loaves of bread on a single transaction.”
By this time, the two women were all but in each other’s faces.
I’m not exaggerating when I say, it felt like a David and Goliath moment that had rows of people checking out around us gripped with anticipation.
In a calm voice that can only be described as steeled and determined (every Mother has that voice, so I know you’ve either heard it or used it) the young lady said, “Call the law right now. I’m buying what I need for my family. And I WILL leave here with what I need to take care of my grandfather because he cannot take cake of himself.”
And there it was…the line in the sand.
My bestie S and I were so close to the situation that not helping was not an option. If you knew S in real life, it takes a lot for her to get ruffled.
Believe me, if you’re ever stranded on an island, you want her on your team. She is a problem solver and is so cool under pressure I’m constantly amazed at how she keeps her composure. I’m the one standing next to her with clammy hands.
S stepped in front of the young lady and faced the employee, “What’s it gonna take for this lady to be able to leave this store with the groceries she needs to feed her grandpa and her family.”
The employee said, “She needs the bread and milk for her grandpa to be on a completely separate transaction. She knows that!”
Then S calmly turns to the young lady and says, “Place everything that belongs to your grandfather on the belt.”
And you guys, I still get teary thinking about this part…
The young lady pleadingly says, “Please, I swear, I’m not taking more than I need. I work at the chicken plant. I’m just trying to feed my family and I don’t want my grandpa to get sick.”
“You don’t owe me an explanation. It’s going to be fine. Put his groceries up here and I’ll pay for them and you’ll have the two transactions you need to be able to go home,” S replied.
The young woman hesitantly put her grandfather’s groceries on the belt. All that drama and disrespect for a single gallon of milk, a loaf of bread, a package of oreos and 2 small containers of microwavable mac n’ cheese.
I was gob smacked.
As S was paying for the groceries the store employee was still at it. “I don’t care what y’all do! I’m not losing my job cause y’all can’t read! Y’all don’t know what it’s been like in here! We doin the best we can!”
And while that is probably true, it is still not a reason to strip someone of their dignity. I’m sure working at a chicken plant has not been a piece of cake as of late either.
While S was waiting for the grocery receipt, the young lady was pulling crumpled dollars out of her pockets.
“Put your money back in your pocket, we don’t need it,” I softly said, “We no longer have grandparents so when you get back home give your grandpa a hug for us. We’re happy to help, I promise.”
And with that, the young lady could no longer hold back her tears and they quietly began falling down her freckled face.
“Thank you. I’m so sorry about this. I promise, I wasn’t trying to take more than I needed. My grandpa is really fragile, and I’m scared he’s gonna get the virus.”
We both assured her we understood and wished her well. Then she invited us to go back with her to the chicken plant and she would try to get us the chicken we had not been able to find in 4 different stores that day.
We thanked her for the kind offer but told her it was more important for her to get home and be with her family.
Then, we parted ways.
Finding a New Normal…
It’s been several days since that incident, but I find myself thinking about it often. I’m sure there are versions of it playing out all over the world right now.
I don’t know of a single person that hasn’t been impacted by the effects of Coronavirus COVID-19 somehow. It’s honestly hard to know what to do sometimes but I know we all have a part to play no matte how big or small.
Given I’m a list maker by nature, I’ve created a Stuck At Home: Activities & Online Resource List which is a guide of websites and blog posts we’ve found helpful so far.
My goal is for this list is to be informative and uplifting but it won’t be comprehensive by any stretch.
As you all know, the COVID-19 pandemic is a very fluid situation and therefore constantly changing. Make sure you stay informed with your state and local officials and follow the CDC Guidelines or your governments guidelines.
This information should not take the place of your healthcare professional. Likewise, make sure you carefully vet any organization before you donate.
Here’s a look at our Stuck at Home: Activities & Online Resource List…
Informative Posts & Websites
Why Outbreaks Like the Coronavirus Spread and How to Flatten the Curb via The Washington Post
How to Donate in Your Community
Ways to Help Your Community
5 Acts of Kindness to Help the Older People in Our Lives via Camille Styles
6 Things You Can Do To Help Small Businesses Right Now via Create & Cultivate
12 Ways to Support Local Restaurants Without Leaving Home via Food & Wine
Curbside Pickup Services
(services as available)
Free Paint by Numbers Printable Floral Download via Saffron Avenue
Pattern Making Basics via Centsational Style (starts March 24)
Scribd (read free for 30 days)
The Daily Meditation Podcast via Sip and Om
Weathering the Storm meditations via Headspace
Uplifting and Funny Posts
Let’s Laugh via The Enchanted Home (these memes were so funny I sent them to my sisters immediately)
Your Productive #SocialDistancing Content Is Stressing Me TF Out via Cosmopolitan (this has a little bit of salty language in it, but it instantly gave me the giggles)
12 Famous Museums Offer Virtual Tours You Can Take on Your Couch via Travel and Leisure
5 Videos To Watch When You’re Having a Bad Day via Design Darling
35 Feel Good Movies to Stream Right Now via The Everygirl
50 Classic Moves to Watch While Home via Carly A. Hill
Posts & Resources for Kids
E-Learning Live Events via Carly The Prepster
Raising Wonder free daily printables and videos
Wow in the World Podcast for kids & families
25 Things To Do With Kiddos When Stuck at Home via A Beautiful Mess
Posts & Resources for Adults
God’s Grace Isn’t Canceled via Proverbs 31 Ministries
Tips for the Unexpected Homeschooling Small Business Owner via The Southern Coterie
The Best Resources For At-Home Workouts via Hello Adams Family
What to Cook For Dinner: How to Find Thousands of Recipes to Make With The Food You Already Have via My 100 Year Old Home
11 Tips For Staying Sane While Working From Home via Cupcakes and Cashmere
14 Achievable Tasks to Help Declutter Your Home While Stuck Inside via Becoming Minimalist
17 Small Changes to Make This Week to Improve Your Mental Health via The Everygirl
20 Calming Bible Verses For Worry, Stress and Anxiety via Home Made Lovely
31-Day Love Your Home Challenge via The Inspired Room
35 Useful Things To Do When You’re Stuck At Home via 2 Bees in a Pod
50 Things To Do When You’re Bored At Home via Life on Virginia Street
Things That Have Helped Us
- Establishing a Daily Routine (morning tips here, nightly tips here)
- Quiet Time and Journaling
- Creating a Weekly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Menu (and reviewing it every morning)
- Wearing Comfortable Clothes (that aren’t pajamas)
- Limiting Media Coverage (to informed and not obsessed)
- Listening to Positive Podcasts and Music (I tell Alexa to play “relaxing music” and she plays “mellow folk” which has a super cool coffeehouse vibe
- Checking on Friends and Family
- Taking a Daily Tea Time (to check on mental wellness)
- Having Something to Look Foward To (each day/week)
- Creating a COVID-19 Stuck At Home Bucket List
I hope this post, Stuck At Home: Activities & Online Resource List helps! I’ll continue to update it as I find additional resources and as related information becomes available.