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In 30 years, when I’m talking to someone about what life was like in 2020, I don’t want to forget how crazy the times actually were.

Our normal has been challenged. I wake up in the morning and I don’t go anywhere. I turn on my computer and see how I can contribute to my employer staying in business. My employer, in turn, helps me by providing resources to assist with maintaining my sanity.

Gas is $1.79, and the gas stations are mostly empty. I filled up before my employer told us to work from home over a month ago. I still have three-fourths of a tank. I don’t drive a lot in general, but this is unbelievable even for me.

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My church in my hometown was founded by my great grandfather along with a few cousins and other black folks that lived close by. The church was about a tenth of a mile from my family’s land. My elementary school sits on land donated by my church. The grocery store we frequented was across the street from the school and church. My life as a child consisted of moving through a very sheltered and small triangle. 

I grew up going to Sunday school, devotional, and then the regular church service. We spent a minimum of 6 hours in the tiny air condition free church sitting on hardwood benches. The sermons never seemed happy to me as a kid. I feel like I always heard about what bad things awaited me if I didn’t live my life according to the Bible. 

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