The current situation we, as a global community, are collectively experiencing is unprecedented for many of us. We do not have a memory from a time in our lives that we can pull from to create a personal “how to” manual on ways to live through these strange and difficult weeks. Nonetheless, new daily routines have begun to take shape. We are all eager for an end date; then we can resume hugging our friends, bumping into strangers without fear, and settling down onto the comforting carriage of a Springboard reformer.
Isn’t it amazing to think that there is actually a generation of people living among us that does relate to an experience like this? While, of course, a pandemic like COVID-19 is unique, its effect on the daily lives of humans is remarkably similar to that of other events in our nation’s history.
At Springboard Pilates, one of our clients and her husband were gracious enough to share their memories of WWII and the polio epidemic with us via email. Miki and Don are in their eighties and are dedicated Pilates practitioners. Miki has been practicing for more than 20+ years. Here are her comments:
“This is so much more extreme than what we have lived through, but both of us jumped into our experiences with WWII with rationing and air raid drills (my dad was an air raid warden). If you didn’t have appropriate black out shades, you got a knock on the door and an order to put out the lights. Of course that came on the back of the Great Depression when we had folks knock on the door for food. I was very little and that did make an impression on me. As we walked about and played in the neighborhood we counted blue and gold star families.*
Our quarantine experiences had to do with childhood diseases and it was very common to see the yellow paper attached to a doorway which was a sign to stay away. Then for me it was the Polio epidemics which seemed to come every summer–very scary–you couldn’t go to any large gatherings, even the movies!!!! Which were an every Saturday afternoon affair, boo hoo! And no swimming in public pools. Then my 2-year-old nephew got it! That was so sad–but he survived and we still talk about it today.”
* A Blue Star Family consists of the immediate family member(s) of a service member during a time of conflict. A Gold Star Family is the immediate family member(s) of a fallen service member who died while serving in a time of conflict.