May 21, 2020
Today is one of those days when I know I’m not back to my usual self. I woke up tired this morning — yes, turns out there is such a thing — and I’ve been weary the entire day. It makes it hard to think straight.
I’m not going to write much more, because I need to lie down again. My nose is a little stuffed. Maybe a cold coming on? A relapse of the same, old virus? Who knows? I can’t say I really care about the specifics anymore.
What I do have to say is this — and it has nothing to do with anything, except the assignment I’m working on this week — small businesses are in deep trouble right now. I was assigned a story about small business delinquencies, that has turned into a story about small business bankruptcies, delinquencies being the kind of luxury you can worry about in less-dire times. One association for small retailers sent me a survey showing that nearly three quarters of surveyed business owners expected to close their doors for good within 12 weeks if they didn’t receive immediate assistance from the government.
If that’s not a sobering statistic, I don’t know what is.
My next article looks like it will be about the effect of the pandemic on the child care industry. Basically, from what I can tell at first glance, it’s also on the verge of cratering. If you doubt this, think about the in-home daycare you or a friend used to mind your little children while you went to work. Imagine those ladies (it’s always ladies) weathering two or three months of little to no income. Then remember, that scenario is playing out across the country, in places large and small.
Pandemic reporting is not uplifting.
With that, I think I will go lie down again. Back tomorrow. Be well.