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BECCA CARCATERRA: Greetings from my cave

March 18, 2020 at 12:00 PM


Day 3

Have you ever written important emails in your pajamas, while chugging Emergen-C and monitoring your every fluctuation in temperature with muffled panic while your scratchy throat seems to say “THIS COULD BE THE END, FOLKS.”

Just me?

I have a bit of post-nasal drip and a sore throat. I’m staying in for today, and I’ll emerge tomorrow if I’m still feverless.  In the meantime, please enjoy the stages of working from home:

1) Denial. “I am very productive and self-motivated. It does not matter that I am laying on my floor, staring at a single kernel of popcorn. I will be just as efficient as I am in the office.”

2) Anger: “I cannot believe I am feeling sick AGAIN. WHO IS IN CHARGE I JUST WANNA TALK.”

3) Bargaining. “I can probably just go out to bus departure, right? That’s outside. Greg won’t notice if I hide behind a snow drift.”

4) Depression: “I am the Village leper. All who see me cower in fear. Save yourself.”

5) Acceptance. “I do not have a fever, I have white blood cells, I have a humidifier and good friends. All will (eventually) be well.”        

In peace,
Becca

Becca Carcaterra is Human Resources Assistant at Holden Village. This column was originally published on March 18, 2020 in a daily newsletter, "The Quarantine Quarter," which is compiled by various staff members and sent to all Villagers.