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MARY HOFFMANN: In which Mary says farewell

June 24, 2020 at 12:00 PM


Day 70

Some of you may have heard I’ve been having some wacky dreams since quarantine started.

This past week I had a dream where I was asked to be a pirate and steal something from Chalet 3. On my approach to Chalet 3, I realized I couldn’t actually enter the chalet to steal something because of social distancing, so decided to just knock. When Danny opened the door, I explained and invited him to join me in pirating Chalet 4 and onward we went, with more people joining us with each chalet we visited. By the time we all reached Chalet 9 to visit Marissa, half of the Village was waiting on the porch and all I could think before I woke up was about how we needed to get six feet away and social distance.

I don’t know what to expect when I leave. Do people actually stand six feet apart? Is everyone wearing masks? In Texas, are people abiding by safety measures and respecting other’s health?

Who knew four months ago when I stepped into the wilderness, I would be emerging into a whole new world?

Until we meet again,

Mary Hoffmann is Community Life Team Floater at Holden Village. This column was originally published on May 24, 2020 in a daily newsletter, "The Quarantine Quarter," which is compiled by various staff members and sent to all Villagers.