Today is my oldest son's 19th birthday. He's being very gracious about the fact that the only thing he wants, really, is to go back to college and his friends, or go out ANYWHERE AT ALL with someone who isn't in his immediate family.
Instead, we're making things as special as we can. He gets a cake baked by his little sister, takeout Thai food, and later on he and I are going on an online shopping (sort-of) spree.
If it wasn't real last week, it certainly is now. I think a good 30-40% of you guys are under some kind of coronavirus lockdown by now. Where I live in the California Bay Area, we have been under "Shelter in Place" or "Stay at Home" rules since Monday, which means that most everything is closed except for essential businesses.
I don't really care to remember last week, but what I do remember is that every time I sat down to work my phone pinged with more scary news.
By yesterday afternoon, the county health department where I live had banned public gatherings of over 100 people, my kids' schools were closed for a month, and my college son was packing to come home three months early.