After almost two years of playing it safe and avoiding COVID in our household, it finally happened! What has felt like the dreaded Scarlet Letter, we are now marked with the letter C! One of my daughters tested positive after showing symptoms for a couple days, but luckily no one else in our household has been affected, at least not with the virus (knock on wood)! So now quarantining and distance learning begin (again)! As all parents know, just distance learning alone is hard. But now back to the home office I go, zooming, emailing, and working on projects, because I have a business to run and need to work too. All of this while managing my daughter to make sure that she is in the right class at the right time, and doing her work! Oh, and switching the laundry or emptying the dishwasher during a quick break because I’m home and it’s not going to do itself.
The funniest part of me working from home is turning my work phone on (so staff can dial my direct extension), and everyone in my daughters class on zoom hearing when someone has purchased a Wood Cart at the Farm Market because the page comes across in my home for a “Wood Cart Pick Up – Register 5”! It’s the running joke in my house as to how many wood carts are purchased a day, or when someone is paged by name, like “JB to Customer Service”, everyone in my house starts calling out for JB!
But through all of this, one of my own saving graces has been our Curbside Pickup that we initiated back in March of 2020 when this pandemic started. Yes, I use our own service! Most “normal” days when I am at work, at the end of the day, you will catch me running down the stairs, scurrying through the store, shopping for dinner and school lunches… one of the conveniences of working in a “farm market.” But, there are times when I just don’t have the time to shop, even when running is involved! Kids need to be picked up, brought from point A to point B, afterwork commitments and meetings… Life is just busy! Being able to go to our online ordering and throw things into my cart, select a pick-up time and just swing in the parking lot to have my groceries brought out to me, it’s just so simple and a huge time-saver! This week was no exception, especially since our household is now “exposed”. I placed my order earlier this week when I learned of our positive case, knowing that no one on our staff wanted me around them in fear that I could be positive too! I left my house, picked up my order, and I was back home in 15 minutes putting the groceries away and starting dinner.
So parents (and busy adults), we get it, I get it! Life is crazy and the times we are living in are crazier! But we want you to know that we are here for you and want to make your life a little easier and more comfortable! Whether you use our online shopping as a safety precaution, or just because there aren’t enough hours in the day, we want to help you out! I am living proof of the convenience for a multitude of reasons, and I am not ashamed to admit it. If you haven’t tried the Curbside Experience, I urge you to!
Stay Safe and Healthy!
Sarah Bishop DellaVentura