Earthquakes that shake the ground underfoot, will be held in place by roots of life.

This time last year I was watching the news reports of a virus creating mayhem in the Chinese province of Wuhan. I remember the growing sense of unease as their numbers grew each day along with the deaths and demand on their medical system.

One day, I read a report of the Chinese having built a hospital in a week — a week — to care for those with the virus. I was astounded at the speed they had moved and then remembered, it’s a country with over a billion people and the ability to order people where they wanted them.

My mind started to wonder where this was going to go. In particular, was it going to be something that would be contained there or would this be the worldwide pandemic that scientists had been warning for years was due to happen? I found myself feeling anxious, a sense of foreboding. I tried to dismiss it as overactive imagination.

At that point, any news stories about it were not in a prominent spot in the reporting. I’d been coming across the reports because I read a range of news sources from around the world. That was soon going to change and quickly.

As I watched the reports of the movement of the virus out of China and into other parts of the world, I started to get a sense of an earthquake spreading out around the world. Not aftershocks, more the actual quake pulsing and building momentum. Building enough power to shift the ground around me on this side of the world.

It erupted here at 10 on the Richter scale in mid-March 2020. Within days public health officials shifted from downplaying the presence of the virus, now named COVID-19, to implementing a large scale lockdown. Fear and uncertainty was palpable across the country.

Images of deserted city centers and empty highways where people and traffic congestion had so recently been were stunning. To look at them without the knowledge of the pandemic, it would appear something had destroyed the world without damaging any structures. The images lent a dystopian sense to the shifting ground. A sense of a world suddenly deserted and empty without the wide-spread damage one would expect from a life altering catastrophe.

Swift declarations of states of emergency across the country suddenly put millions out of work, schools, daycares, community centers, all but the most essential businesses closed. People going to places still open had to line up for hours and learn new concepts, like social distancing.

As information came out about the virus and those most vulnerable, I came to the realization, I would be at high risk for a poor outcome if exposed. Thankfully, I also have friends and neighbours willing to help. My home is my safe space and is kept that way with their support. Contactless deliveries have been the norm along with electronic connect with others.

They are the roots holding the shifting ground in place. At times if I become unsettled and express that to a close friend, he starts our conversation with “You’re safe”. Another branch of the root, steadying the ground

Look around, who are the roots helping to hold your ground in place? Are you a root for others? Together we can keep the ground in place until this virus loses it’s ability to harm.

 Shadowspub is a writer from Ontario, Canada. She writes on a variety of subjects as she pursues her passion for learning. She also writes on other platforms.

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Kemmy B.
13 Feb

"My home is my safe space... Contactless deliveries... electronic connect with others..." This is a heart wrenching account of what the world has been through and is still going through. 

Ever since the discovery of this virus, our lives have been upturned. We have had a 360 degrees change of lifestyle. 

Who would have imagined this like two years ago? Still, there are those who don't believe the virus is for real. How sad? 

In all, we are thankful to be alive, staying safe, supporting each other, being the roots. Not every family can say this having lost loved ones to the virus. Hopefully the vaccine will work to put this virus at bay. 

You are safe, I am safe. Thank you for sharing your account with us. 🙂


Shadows Pub
14 Feb

It is rather amazing the number who still think that virus is not real. In many ways it seems the thought of it overwhelms them so denial is easier to manage. Who knows. 

The losses are hard but even then they will have roots around them helping them to stay upright and hold their ground in place so they can heal.


13 Feb

Hmmmm, unpredictable life. Since I was born , I've never withness such experience, but it comes to change so many things.

During the pandemic while staying at home, I have a thought withiny self  "what might be the cause " no answer could be found, but different reasons.

The spread of covid-19 around the globe cames like an unexpected visitor, even the greatest was pulled down, life at stake and everyone strive for safety.

But above all , I'm save just like you are save too🤩🤩, never pray for this kind of pandemic to occur..... never again.


Shadows Pub
14 Feb

on average the world is hit with a pandemic about every 100 years. There is a very small number of people who would have remembered the last one and they would have been very young when it happened. 

There are fears that our changing global climate will mean we experience another in our lifetimes. Let's hope they are wrong.


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13 Feb

I have seen first hand how exposed humans can be to attacks from pandemic and also I have seen how love, kindness and togetherness can help ease effects of such deadly times. We won't forget Covid-19 in a hurry but one thing is certain, we shall overcome.


Shadows Pub
14 Feb

adversity brings out the best and the worst in people. I always hope to see more of the best and less of the worst. Yes, we most definitely will overcome.


Tiger Lily
13 Feb

I bet I know that root :)

Not sure if this will ever lose its ability to harm.  Seems like we take one step forward, many steps back.  Hopefully we just keep finding that more and more roots are digging deeper in the soil of our lives


Shadows Pub
14 Feb

You most definitely know that root. Even the Spanish Flu pandemic reached a point of no more harm. So, I wouldn't say it's never going to reach that point, it's more of matter of how long will it take. 


Tiger Lily
14 Feb

well if its 2 years like the Spanish Flu  at least we are past the halfway point!!! :)


Ishmael Kelechi
13 Feb

Wow. This is so captivating. We all ought to hold the fort for others. That's how the world goes around. 

The many disasters around the globe is not a ground for us to disagree but to fashion how humanity can rely on the shoulders of another to support the downtrodden and uplift the weak.


Shadows Pub
14 Feb

In some ways it seems that this pandemic is an odd way of reminding us just how much we are the same. That it can hit all of the planet shows how interconnected we are even when we are engaged in conflict.


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