A Vermonter Talks About Being Ready for the Corona Virus (Connee Virus)

A little bit about hoarding – I am a Vermonter and being ready for the whatever is coming is in our genes. My earliest memories of both my grandparents are of they’re having shelves down cellar stocked. My grandfather always bought food he used all the time by the case – it was also cheaper this way. My other grandparents always stocked up when necessities and staples were on sale. If something you always used was on sale, then you didn’t just buy one, you bought three or four or whatever.

Many of us do not live where a grocery store is close by. And then, there is the need to have enough to get by a rough patch. It is a lot like having a winter or twos worth of firewood put up way before that winter gets here. There is no greater feeling of contentment than looking out a woodpile that is nice and dry and at least a winter ahead. It is like money in the bank.

This all came up at last week’s staff meeting. it was interesting that the folks from away (not Vermonters – I’ll be polite here) were a little shocked that us old natives did not need to be told to have at least three weeks of necessities on hand. I said, “Hell, we always do. I’d be in a panic if we didn’t.”

It is kind of like anticipating a coming flu season. My mother used to say it was good to put on a little weight before winter so you had something to fall back on if you got the flu. Well, same with being prepared and stocked up on the things we need to get by with.

So, I imagine there are at least a few old Vermonters like me that were all stocked up long before this connee virus thing came around. It is sort of like I must have heard a million times when I was growing up, “Back during the Depression.” You just kind get this ingrained and you try to be ready. We are all good old Scouts here – “Be Prepared,” and yes, having plenty of toilet paper is a good idea – haha.

And as far as staying away from crowds – most old Vermonters do not need to be told to stay away from crowds. Many of us would be perfectly happy if they closed the Interstates permanently so people could not get in.

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