And yes, I’m sure it’s not the coronavirus.

Today I was supposed to travel to Coeur D’Alene, Idaho to pick up my oldest daughter for our spring break visit. COVID-19 has been the disruptor of all parts of life at the moment. Currently in the US, nearly one in four Americans are under orders to stay home to help control the spread of a disease that has wreaked havoc on the world since it started in Wuhan, China. Italy has surpassed China in deaths, sitting at currently over 4,800. Washington State has to date, 94 deaths, all within a 30 mile radius of my home. I’m an optimist but I’m also a realist: the worst is yet to come.

Today I didn’t want to think about that. Instead, I wanted to take Izzy out of the house for a bit. We did our part by not getting within the CDC’s recommended six feet of another person. As someone who tries to keep my distance during ordinary times, this was not a challenge. What could we do that we haven’t already done? I looked at my wife’s car and noticed how dirty it was. We’ve had a record number of wet, cold days in the greater Seattle area this winter so with a lack of sun comes the lack of ambition to wash the car. Well here it was, the first week of spring and even some warm, sunny weather to boot.

I put Izzy in her car seat and we drove to the automatic car wash. Sometimes it’s simple things like this that I need from time to time to remind me that even though my heart is broke that I can’t see one daughter, at least I am still able to make the most out of my time together with my youngest one. Oh, and I’m sure wifey will like seeing her car all clean too.