A Walk in My Deserted City

20-Apr-2020 • San Francisco United States

A painting of San Francisco

Since the lock down began last March 16 here in the San Francisco Bay Area, Marc and I had only gone out of the house a total of seven times.  Of that total number, four were to Costco to buy groceries, once to our dentist, once to buy Chinese food takeout and walk around our neighborhood, and yesterday afternoon, was to go out and see what our regular hangouts looked like during these trying times. 

It was quite a sad sight.  The city was virtually empty.  There were a few people walking around.  But, there were no more than 15 including us during the entire time we were out.  We were gone no more than an hour.  We first walked down California Street, crossing Chinatown, then down to the Financial District where we decided to return home via Sutter, then Bush, then Pine Street.  Along the way, we saw stores boarded up with plywood, and hotels totally shut down.  It was so unlike the days previous to the pandemic when the streets were bustling with activity and locals and tourists alike littered every nook and cranny of the city.

Just like the millions of people whose lives have been affected by the corona virus, I too wonder when this will all be over.  I honestly cannot wait for better days ahead.  At times, I cannot help but think that this is a punishment from God for the way we've lived our lives and for the way we've treated our planet. 

I can only imagine the pain experienced by the families who have lost their loved ones who were hospitalized and from whom they couldn't say goodbye to.  I too feel scared that I would one day be attacked because I am Asian and be blamed for the spread of the virus even though I have no ties the city where it all began.

I feel sad for all the people worldwide who have lost their jobs or have been furloughed.  I am worried for all the doctors and nurses who care for the sick.  I am also so so grateful to all the people who work in supermarkets for risking their lives so they can attend to the needs of the public.  For the first time in my teaching career, I have had to change my instruction and now do it online. 

I can go on and on.  There is no doubt our lives have changed.  The day phase three of the reopening plan by the government is enforced will no doubt be a joyous one for then life will be close to normal.