The world has been turned upside down by the Corona Virus. Life as we know it may be forever changed. As Jellybean and I try to navigate the new normal, our lives look so different; gatherings with family and friends on hold with communication now being through a variety of technology, casual neighborhood gatherings now very rare and always at the appropriate social distance, afternoons frolicking with four-legged friends at doggy daycare when I was scheduled to sub at a local daycare simply not needed, trips out for necessities now come armed with hand sanitizer, Clorox wipes and the oh so essential mask. These are crazy and frightening times for sure, but we have to keep our chin up and stay positive. We have to look for the little things around us that bring smiles to our faces and that familiar warmth to our hearts. For me, that is my precious little, albeit extra fluffy, Jellybean.
That being said, Jellybean and I now have a new game we play called Are You Social Distancing? She has always been one to hide her treats and then lurk in the vicinity watching to make sure it is safe. You may remember that my second picture book, The Perfect Hiding Place, covers Jellybean’s quirky behavior on this topic. But lately she has begun hiding herself, well at least partially hiding herself, for no apparent reason. That is, unless, the reason is because we are quarantined here together, and she is tired of playing twenty questions throughout the day. “Hi there Jellybean!” “What are you up to Jellybean?” “What are you doing Pumpkin?” “Would you like me to brush you… again?” “What’s up, JB?” “Hey Beaner, want to go for another walk?” “Jellybean, where are you?” “JB, are you social distancing again? Why am I here and you are there?” Hmmmm. I may be driving my puppy to social distance with my constant attention and chatter. What’s that you say, time to back off a little bit? I think not. You can find me on the floor, directly across from Jellybean peering under the bed, chair, sofa, etc. to catch those big, black, expressive eyes and have a face-to-face conversation on her level. Hey, wait a minute, did she just roll her eyes at me?
Beverly Stiffler Smith