Early yesterday morning, my land-line started ringing. It was only around seven in the morning or even earlier than that. I didn’t know the caller. The ID had our area code and the first three digits of the phone number were 430, which is not unusual for the cell phones in this area. I never answer the phone if I do not recognize the caller or the number. Never. Because I think that if anyone needs me, or if it is an important call, they would leave a message. But on an impulse I picked the phone up and said “hello?”
An old voice at the other end asked, “Do you have any food?”
It took me a few seconds to register that, and I asked, “Who are you trying to call?”
And she said “Granview Church”. I told her that she had the wrong number and asked what she needed by way of food.

But by the time I spoke the rest of my words the line was disconnected. I felt really bad about it. Anyway, after my morning shower Devotions and Prayers, I looked at the Caller ID, and called the number. The same voice answered.
I explained to her that she had called earlier and had hung up before I finished talking. I asked her what she needed. She said “Just some food”.Β  I asked if she could use rice, pasta, bread and soups. She said yes.

So M and I got three or four bags filled with cereal boxes that we had not opened and which I bring for the boys when they come to spend the day or a few hours, along with several fruits, macaroni boxes, other pastas, and took them over to her place. She didn’t have a car, so we were able to handle that. She wanted half a gallon of milk, which i didn’t have. So i stuck some money in a zip lock bag and told her to ask a neighbour or some person she knew to get some apples and milk. She was an older lady in her late sixties I think.

The reason I am posting this, is because it is so sad that a country like America should have old people who have no one caring for them. She was not homeless, but could easily have been. There are churches and soup kitchens which help people, but when these same beings are without a car or transit system, the churches should at least call and find out how they are doing, or some branch of social service should have volunteers that would check up on them.

Reenie Mac, remember her from Xanga? She had recently posted on face book about children who live with abuse. Now with the schools closed, lunch and breakfast program for indigenous population is continuing through the Public School System here in Quincy. But I wonder if the kids get the meals, which the parents take home. I feel so bad for these little children whose only safe place used to be a day at the school.

How can one tiny, microscopic ‘thing’ ruin so many lives, and keep us away from each other?

About Zakiah

I write poetry and some fiction, have a book that was published in 2012. . . Stray Thoughts/Winged Words. I have four grandchildren, ages 16 and half to almost 16 months. I love the ocean, and grew up along the Indian Ocean in South India. I am a retired physician. Don't know much else to say. Thanks for reading. That has been my profile for so many years. My daughter Saadia a great poet and story teller, has two sons; the oldest grandson is now 21 years old, doing architectural engineering at Missouri S&T in Rolla MO. His younger brother is almost 16 and taking driving lessons seriously and is in High School. The other two grandsons, children of my son Sayeed, are 9 and 5. I have recently published another book titled Gulistan, A home of Flowers. It has stories and memories of my childhood and of a distant land which I still consider as my HOME., even though I have lived here in the US for more than fifty years. Hope to see you on my blog.
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26 Responses to Covid-19

  1. Rupali says:

    Such sad state of affairs, I was thinking about similar problems what poor people in India are going to face from tomorrow.

    I am glad that you were involved in the episode and the lady got some help.

    • Zakiah says:

      I know. I have been talking to my nephew and the children of my friends. Every street in Madras and Hyderabad, is completely devoid of people. It is just surreal.
      Thank you for your presence here.

  2. whyzat says:

    Very sad. I was talking to some high school friends (over Zoom) last night, and I asked, “Did any of you ever think that the day would come when we had to worry about eking out the food we have on hand?” They hadn’t of course. And all of us on that call are people who can afford groceries but are either hesitant to go out or the stores have bare shelves!

    • Zakiah says:

      it is a lesson for us in humility and compassion I think Dian. Perhaps we had become too arrogant and too self centered in our lives. Heaven help us. So sad to such emptiness in the land of plenty.

  3. Oh that’s so sad. I’m glad you called her back and you’re so sweet & thoughtful to help her. Reenie Mac kind sounds familiar. Did she go by Macphoto or something like that? I think she lived around Boston?

    I did see an article about the breakfast meals that are provided at schools. A lot of kids depend on those. It’s sad how fragile the state of our nation(s) is.

    • Zakiah says:

      Yes, Reenie was Macphoto. She is a photographer. That lady has a heart of 24 carat gold that melts for all humans suffering, and all animals needing help. She is one of a kind. Yes she used to live in Boston, and now lives in Tennessee, and is active on fb.
      Thank you for stopping by Mattie. Hope you are doing well. Please stay safe. I hope your sister is able to get her groceries with ease.
      Heaven help us, one and all.

      • Oh wow… so that is her! I don’t have Facebook. Please pass on my regards to her and tell her I remember her photos and the music she would play on request on her blog. It’s been so long so she might have forgotten who I am.

        I text my sister regularly. She doesn’t drive. I can pick up stuff for her and drop it off. My brother can do the same. A couple of her neighbours can do that too.

        There are grocery stores near her home but it’s about a 15 minute walk.

      • Reenie says:

        Well hello ElusiveWords! 😊 how are you??? It’s nice to see you again.


      • Thank you for reaching out to her! Much appreciated.

    • Zakiah says:

      I am glad she found you and was able to say hi to you. She said that she had to google you, elusivewords, and as soon as she saw the little red boat in the water, she knew exactly who you were. She was thrilled that she found you.

  4. Thank you for helping the women, SweetZ! You have a heart of gold!
    We are all getting opportunities these days to help others.
    It is sad and scary to think about people who live in abusive (verbally, physically, emotionally, etc. ) or neglectful homes and are now stuck inside. 😦 We have churches of all faiths here who are calling people and seeing what they need and what help can be given to them. Also, we have neighbors checking on neighbors, especially those who live alone or who are over 60. And school children doing school over internet and their school lunches being delivered to them.
    The good in most people is continuing πŸ™‚ , but sadly a few people are showing the worst of themselves. 😦
    (((HUGS))) and stay safe and well!

    • Zakiah says:

      Thank you dear Carolyn.
      Thank you also for posting the video of Mr. Rogers. I was not able to post a comment there. I don’t know why.
      You have such a beautiful heart. Love you.

  5. murisopsis says:

    You are a jewel! That must have been divine intervention that sent her call to your phone… Who else would have helped that poor woman! I don’t know if I’ve said it but I do love you!!

    • I agree with the comment above! Divine intervention! What are the chances that she would dial your number and that you would decide to pick up?!!! Volunteers are in short supply these days since people are afraid to come out of their homes, but somehow she found you!

      • Zakiah says:

        Thank you for your kind words. I have replied to your comment along with that of Val, below. PLEASE, don’t hold me high like that. I just wrote the post to emphasize what is going on and about the children who are abused.

    • Zakiah says:

      Murisopsis and swtspontaneous, PLEASE, I did not do anything special or what another person would not have done. I am just happy that I had snacks at home ( I keep a lot of them for my grandchildren) that I could give to this lady’s kids or ?grandkids. God surely does things mysteriously. Thank you for your comment and kind words, but please don’t think that I did a super job.

    • Zakiah says:

      Val, I have replied to your comment along with that of swtspontaneous at the bottom.

  6. slmret says:

    I, too remember Reenie — interestingly, I was thinking about her a few days ago as I edited some photos. She had commented on one shot I took of a “tall ship,” and this was the weekend that the tall ship festival was to take place. It’s good to know she’s still around!

  7. I’m glad she found you and you found her. Too many of the elderly are suffering.

  8. JojoBean says:

    I’m glad you found each other and could help… in the streets of Luxembourg, as I walk from my place to the supermarket, the only people taking a moment to sit in the sun, or walk around, or congregate in groups, are those who are shelter-less, or those who are (sadly) junkies or alcoholics… they ask for help, keeping a respectful distance. I offer my help – leaving food, water and money at a respectful distance – they don’t sound or look too good. I don’t know whether it’s the virus or their circumstances. It’s so sad. I have no grandparents. I have friends who do need help though. I’ve sent a few shout outs to my network, to let them know I can help if they need me… the one thing that stands out the most at this time, is the number of people who need to talk – a friend just lost his father from a tumour last week, another friend hasn’t had regular contact with his children for 3 years due to his ex, the youngest of which just came through remission after having cancer (he was 14), friends losing jobs left, right and centre, friends who are nurses and doctors and on the front lines… friends who have kids with no immune system! I know this is both horrible and logical to say – but maybe this is nature’s way of saying “fuck you!” to humanity?
    I’ve never done so much exercise, or cooked so much awesome food before, or spoken to so many old and new friends – actually SPOKEN to each other… I have time to do my hair (which is down to my waist now, majorly curly, and if I don’t put oil in every night, it dreds), and make up – I never used to do that… work is only 6 hours a day, but I get more done than I did in 8 hours… life is gonna be changing so much after this – I hope for the better, and maybe we need a few less people on this planet too… horrible thought, but necessary. Hope you are doing well darling, big hugs from across the waves! ❀

    • Zakiah says:

      Oh wow! Just wow! So happy that you took time to write and tell me all that is going on there. I have thought of you often and hoped you are doing well.
      This phase in our lives, is a learning lesson, not for just someone like me who is in the sunset years, but for the younger people and for the children. Every day is a new day with a new curve to try and flatten.
      All the salons in my town are closed. Every man is either trying to have a beard or grow long hair. Women are trying to dye their own hair.
      Sometimes life is funny. Thank you for a great comment. Love and hugs to you across all the different time zones and lands. Stay well and be safe.

      • JojoBean says:

        Yes, exactly – we are all on a massive learning curve at the moment… but I’m loving it! I’ve never heard my city so quiet – it’s beautiful. I didn’t even recognise the birds tweeting three weeks ago when this started… thought I was dreaming as I was waking up, but no – there were actually birds twittering outside! And not a single sound of roadworks, tramworks, traffic or even airplanes going over on their flight path – I’m absolutely loving all the people not being around; the planet appears much more attractive, lol!!! Take care of yourself, hugs across the waves… stay safe – and don’t lick the railings! ❀ ❀

    • Zakiah says:

      I just posted a poem, Dungeon on WP. I think you might like it.
      ❀ ❀ ❀

      • JojoBean says:

        Would you be able to post a link here pls so I can read it? Thanks! Sending virtual hugs from Lux – hope you’re doing fine β€πŸŒˆπŸ™πŸ½

  9. Zakiah says:

    Yes. I shall try to do that. I am not tech savvy. But here goes. Thank you for wanting to read it.
    Please let me know if you are unable to open it. I will copy/paste the poem to your page.
    Hope you have had a good day and will have a better evening and night. Blessings to you and yours.

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