Letter to the Editor: I’m an unfun mom with lots of toilet paper

Yes — I bought extra toilet paper, among other items like soap and daily essentials. Not an absurd amount. But I did buy enough to last my family of five for six weeks. Am I crazy? No. But I do have a daughter that might not “get over” the coronavirus like the rest of us. I don’t know, and neither do you. So, stop making fun of people trying to prepare for something they aren’t sure of. It’s my only job that matters. So, there won’t be play dates on this extra-long spring break. And they won’t be heading out of the house.

I don’t think healthy people are going to die. I think that’s where the misinformation is coming from. I do believe this plan has two main goals. Stop the mass spread of a sickness that will flood local hospitals that aren’t designed to care for a whole city at once. And to protect those who won’t just “get over” the virus. Self-distancing and self-quarantining will slow down the spread and allow hospitals to work as they were designed and allow others more at risk to have a better chance of not contracting the virus in the first place.

  • Wash your hands for 30 seconds frequently.
  • No play dates.
  • Take frequent sips of water.
  • Wash surfaces with soap or disinfectant.
  • No play dates.
  • If you feel sick already — call the ER — don’t walk in. The virus is different and has its own signs. They will have a pretty good guess on what you have and what you should do (which is to stay the frick home).
  • No trips.
  • And no, for the 50th time today — you can’t go to Lillian’s.

I’m an unfun mom with lots of toilet paper.

Heather Richardson

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