By Justin Grunert, MSM

Dear COVID-19:

How dare you try to ruin my summer! Your infection may be forcing places to close and you may think you have ruined fun–well, think again.

I will not be visiting the beaches but I will be enjoying other outdoor activities.  I found quite a few outdoor hiking trails and nature preserves where I can social distance properly or wear a mask if I need to.  If I want to swim, I jump in–if I didn’t have a pool, I wouldn’t be too proud to order a beautiful inflatable model.

I have already set calendar reminders to call and order takeout from my favorite local restaurants for fine dining on my patio. When it is too hot outside, I will make myself a tall glass of sun tea or freshly squeezed key limeade, sit in my AC, and feel refreshed.  I have a long list of shows to catch up on both Hulu and Netflix and have just purchased the new Hunger Games book.

Think about all the money I am saving not driving around and purchasing overpriced food and drinks from vendors in a theme park! Instead, I am banking that money for next summer.  Then I really will treat myself to a much better vacation.  (I am thinking somewhere early spring in the Mediterranean.)

COVID-19, you don’t have the power to ruin my summer!  I have a long list of things I can enjoy. This summer will be the best staycation(s) ever!



Justin Grunert, MSM, is IPMI’s LMS and training coordinator.