Unneighborly Pandemic Thoughts

It’s getting hot. That’s not unusual for Sacramento at this time of year. But a pandemic, a stay at home order, and the closing of all public and municipal swimming pools is. With the extension of a county stay at home order until May 22, and an expected “no beach” order to hit on May 1, I’m feeling a little antsy.

I have my window open, until it gets too hot and we have to turn on the air conditioner. I can hear the kids on the other side of the back fence. They’re in their built-in kidney-shaped swimming pool. A swimming pool. We don’t have one. There’s nothing I crave more right now than a dip in a pool. A long dip. To wash off the stale indoors-ness sweat on my hot, itchy skin.

And apparently some folks are enjoying their personal pools.

As for me, I am having decidedly unneighborly thoughts. I want to kick down the fence between our yards and splash into that pool. I want to float lazily in the sun, forgetting my troubles. I want to …

I want this pandemic to end. I want to go where I want, when I want. And eventually, I want to get into a swimming pool, swim in the ocean, and go to a state fair or something.

For now, I’ll just have to fan myself and try to clear my head of these unneighborly thoughts. Be well, friends.

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