We are heading back to work on Monday. Well, some of us are. While our building won’t be open to the public still for a while, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little nervous. I’ve hardly left the house at all in the last two months and the few times that I have, my anxiety has gotten the better of me more often than not.
We had an all-staff Zoom meeting yesterday, and it really helped me to understand how seriously everyone is taking this. I think we have a good plan in place, with lots of precautions being taken and PPE being provided. Social distancing is being taken incredibly seriously as we will be spreading our workspaces throughout the building, utilizing the public areas that we normally wouldn’t be able to use if we were open. I feel good about it.
But most of all, yesterday’s meeting reminded me how much I miss my coworkers. There were around 30 of us in that meeting, and seeing everyone’s faces, some of them for the first time in two months, was a little emotionally overwhelming at first. The thing that I’ve always appreciated about JCPL is that (at least ever since I’ve been there) there’s always been a very easy, positive relationship dynamic among (most of) the staff members. People definitely have their issues at times, but overall, the atmosphere is generally one of mutual respect, camaraderie, and I would even go so far as to say love. We are and have always been a family, and I miss that more than I realized. While this is still very much a delicate situation that needs to be handled with care, for the first time, I’m feeling excited to get back in the building so that I can see my friends again.