How We Are Changing the Definition of Quarantine
Most of us are experiencing “shelter in place” orders or some type of quarantine during the Covid -19 Outbreak. We are in our homes, watching the news, checking Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for the latest updates on how well we are doing to slow the spread of the virus. Many of us are working remotely, and then there are so many Central Valley residents who are getting up every day and going to work because they are essential to keep our communities thriving. Farmers, doctors, nurses, police officers, firefighters, all first responders, US Post Office employees, grocery and pharmacy staff, and the transportation team of people who deliver our food to the stores every day – We thank you for your service, and your commitment to do your job and do it well.
We are also learning about some very cool things happening in communities around the United States, and here in our local communities too.
Even though Dictionary.com defines quarantine as:
verb (used with object), quar·an·tined, quar·an·tin·ing.
- to put in or subject to quarantine.
- to exclude, detain, or isolate for political, social, or hygienic reasons.
I really think that we are changing the definition of quarantine by the acts of human kindness that are being expressed. The other day, a parade of cars drove through the neighborhood honking and cheering. Come to find out, it was a group of teachers from the nearby elementary school, going out individually in their cars, trying to cheer up their students. What a great idea. They stayed quarantined in their individual cars, but still did something kind and sweet for their students and all of the other neighbors in the area. Many people were positively affected by these quarantined teachers.
What acts of kindness have you experienced, heard about or been a part of? Let us know. Share your story on Facebook, and don’t let human kindness be isolated. When faced with adversity, it is how we handle the situation that defines us, and I think a lot of kindness is being spread throughout our neighborhoods, communities, and locally owned businesses.
So with all this going on, I believe there is a new definition of quarantine that Free Dictionary, Dictionary.com, and even Merriam-Webster hadn’t made note of:
A time when people show extraordinary human kindness.