Writing in the time of COVID-19: Day Thirteen

After carefully conserving certain food items—ahem, chocolate—and conscientiously eating leftovers to make our food supplies last as long as possible, I went to Costco for the first time in three weeks. (Truth is, we needed carrots and sweet potatoes to make Lulu’s food.)

Costco lineOutside the store, two employees were spraying and wiping down wagons with disinfectant. I grabbed a wagon and headed for the end of the line. It zig-zagged through the outdoor eating area and then snaked around the building. Some people wore masks. I carried hand sanitizer. Everyone was considerate and cordial. I chatted with a woman from Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge.

Costco white boardAs the line moved closer, I saw most of the items at the food court were out. At the entrance, a board listed what essentials items the store had in inventory and what did not—all the usual suspects.

It took 20 minutes to get inside the store. And, then, it was the most pleasant Costco adventure I’ve ever experienced. There were few people and few wagons blocking aisles, no frenetic energy to be found. There were also no food samplings, no pesto, and no line at checkout.

One of my favorite checkers, I won’t name names, admitted she wished she were at home with her children instead of working. She also reported some visitors were still coming in, and she felt the airports should be closed—no visitors, no returning residents—until it was safe.

It was my conversation with her that reminded me how much risk these employees are facing—even  with the new plexiglas installed in front of their registers. “Thank you for being here,” I said, and remembered to thank the two employees at the exit, too. I mean, really, where would we be without all the people working at grocery stores? They don’t exactly get plaid the big bucks to put their health and, potentially, their lives on the line stocking and checking groceries.

Now, the cabinets and pantry and refrigerator are full, and we don’t know what to eat first.

Hawaii’s statewide count grew to 285, a second person has died, and a judge is evaluating whether to release 300+ inmates to prevent a potential spread in Hawaii’s jails. Kauai cases remains at 12.

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Anne C. says:

    A wonderful inside look at the Costco-shopping in the time of COVID-19 experience. Thanks for this! Love the photos.


    1. Kim Steutermann Rogers says:

      Well, our friend SL is much better at remembering to photography daily life during COVID-19, but she inspired me.


  2. Nerelle says:

    Thank you for sharing these stories at a time when all we hear is numbers and headlines. It’s great to get a glimpse into the daily lives of someone like me (also living on an island – in American Samoa) and see the little highlights of the day.



    1. Kim Steutermann Rogers says:

      Hi Nerelle, great to meet another islander in the Pacific;-) Thank you for reading and responding. Be well.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. diane tilley says:

    One of my essential foods is dark chocolate I even managed to bring back Foodlands dark chocolate truffels I will eke them out. The daughter of a friend works at Costco in Peterborough she is the mother of 2 toddlers. leaves her house at2.00 driver 40 minutes into work. stocks the shelves and then is on cash. hubby is looking after the kids.


    1. Kim Steutermann Rogers says:

      I wish them all good health and an abundance of blessings.


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