Our Stories: How COVID-19 Has Affected Us

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by Carole Mason

Growing up after World War II, I never dreamed that 70 years later life would be like this for us and our family.  Bob and I have become experts at this staying at home bit.  We relax with feet up, dogs in our laps, naps on the front porch…what’s not to like?

Since I am allergic to technology, I live in an old-fashioned world, and I like it just fine.  Our friends supply us with garden vegetables, so no shortage of food, and the paper goods have been fairly easy to ration.  God really does supply what we need—not always what we want, but what we actually need.

By spending so much time outside, I’ve made friends with the cardinal family that nests in the oak tree near our front porch.  The papa cardinal knows my voice and does not seem to be afraid of me or Gabbie, our dog.  Now Riley, our other dog, not so much.

Holly, our daughter, and her family raise chickens.  They are now pets, never dinner.  These chickens may soon supply us with plenty of fresh eggs.  Go chickens!

Robert and Shannon, our middle ones, stay busy with their three children and it’s hard to social distance.  Sometimes we forget.

Ross, our oldest son, is vacationing at the beach as I write this.  He is with Jason and Debbie, who live with him in Atlanta.  Ross, who lived in Russia for four years, has been taking Russian language lessons and plans to get a Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from Georgia Tech and then, a Master’s degree in Russian from Middlebury in Vermont.  Ross never slows down.

Bob and I feel so blessed to have such a loving family.  Our nephew Charles also keeps close tabs on us.

I have certainly slowed down and find myself going to bed earlier than before COVID-19 and getting up to beat the sunrise.  It’s so quiet in the early mornings.

Many friends are using this time to clean out closets, throw away clutter, do yard work and genuinely be constructive.  That hasn’t been the case for me.  I work around the clutter and read all the books that I’ve been intending to read for years.  It’s so much fun to just hang out and do nothing.  Truthfully, I’ve really enjoyed the down time.  Also, our on-line church services with Renea Hester and Dr. David Sapp have been a huge blessing.  Dean Cason and Karen Beckham have inspired us with beautiful music.  

All in all, this has been a time for our family to get back in touch with what really matters:  Faith, Family and Friends.

Carole is married to Bob Mason.  The Mason and Ponder families, Bob’s grandparents, have lived in Morgan County well over 100 years.  Bob and Carole will celebrate their 53rd Anniversary this summer.  Carole is from Atlanta and is a graduate of Westminster Schools.  She is also a graduate of Converse College, Duke University, the University of Edinburgh Summer Scholars Program, and The Effective for Ministry Program of the University of the South, Sewanee.  The Masons are members of Madison Baptist Church.

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