The Pandemic & My Hometown: Elena Knopp

On March 30, 2020, the Virginia Governor announced that there would be a state-wide stay-home order set in place until June 10, 2020. Due to this, life is looking so different for just about everyone.

Due to cost cutting related to the pandemic, my workplace unfortunately furloughed almost all employees, including myself. To bring in an income during this time, I am nannying my cousin’s two-year-old and nine-month-old.

Nannying while doing online classes has been a challenge, but a small one in comparison to those who are on the frontlines of this crisis. My days consist of long walks on Rivermont Avenue, cleaning up toys, cooking lunches and remembering to breath.

All of the businesses on my street are either closed or carry out only. We see many people on walks or relaxing at Riverside park. We are living in unprecedented times, but I feel we are strangely being brought closer together through social distancing.

When this is all over I believe we will be so much more appreciative of our freedom.

IMG_1988Rivermont Avenue roadside sign stating “Protect yourself, stay home”, reminding Lynchburg citizens of the severity of this situation, April 6, 2020 in Lynchburg, Virginia. Photo by Elena Knopp

 

IMG_1993Rivermont Avenue Brauburger door announcing they are closed due to the pandemic, while encouraging customers to check social media for further updates, April 6, 2020 in Lynchburg, Virginia. Photo by Elena Knopp

IMG_1995Rivermont Pizza, a local favorite bar, with postage on their door stating they are carry-out only, with an emphasis on following their social media for updates, April 6, 2020 in Lynchburg, Virginia. Photo by Elena Knopp

IMG_1962Rivermont Avenue BB&T signage on their door instructing customers to use the drive-through option only to ensure safety during the pandemic, April 6, 2020 in Lynchburg, Virginia. Photo by Elena Knopp

IMG_1963My husband at the Rivermont Avenue BB&T waiting in line for the drive-through to get quarters so that we can do laundry, April 6, 2020 in Lynchburg, Virginia. Photo by Elena Knopp

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Our dog, Winnie, posing with the blooming tulips on Rivermont Avenue, spreading some sunshine to the people she passes on her walk, March 28, 2020 in Lynchburg, Virginia. Photo by Elena Knopp

IMG_1886The sunrise on Mainstreet in downtown Lynchburg, sending locals an image of hope, although many of the businesses downtown at hurting, March 20, 2020 in Lynchburg, Virginia. Photo by Elena Knopp

IMG_5266An afternoon eating a picnic at Riverside park, one of the only public places currently open, when Winnie tried a strawberry for the first time, March 28, 2020 in Lynchburg, Virginia. Photo by Elena Knopp

IMG_1712Adjusting to my new-normal, online classes, with Motion Graphics being the most difficult to master from home, March 26, 2020 in Lynchburg, Virginia. Photo by Elena Knopp

ScreenShot2020-04-04at6.33.26PMMeeting my mother’s side of the family for a “happy hour” Zoom Call, where we played trivia, drank cocktails and adjusted to family time over the web, March 27, 2020 in Lynchburg, Virginia. Photo by Elena Knopp

IMG_2009An essential set up, two different kinds of hand sanitizers and some tissues, attempting to remain stocked on important goods to stay healthy, April 6, 2020 in Lynchburg, Virginia. Photo by Elena Knopp

IMG_1706Winnie enjoying having her parents home all the time, soaking up snuggles, while I attempt to adjust to learning online,  March 26, 2020 in Lynchburg, Virginia. Photo by Elena Knopp

IMG_2027My first week as a full-time nanny and full-time student, looking out at the messy yard I need to clean up before the kid’s parents get home, April 6, 2020 in Lynchburg, Virginia. Photo by Elena Knopp

IMG_2008A very messy kitchen post-lunch with a two-year-old and a nine-month-old, right about the time I lay them down for nap and start on my online classes, April 6, 2020 in Lynchburg, Virginia. Photo by Elena Knopp

IMG_2006Attempting to participate in a discussion-based capstone class while also trying not to wake two sleeping babies, enjoying the view of my baby cousin’s artwork, April 7, 2020 in Lynchburg, Virginia. Photo by Elena Knopp

IMG_2010This image of messy toys and a baby gate seems very representative of the pandemic, with our world in a mess and many of us quarantined in our homes, reminding me we are safe at home, not stuck at home, April 6, 2020 in Lynchburg, Virginia. Photo by Elena Knopp

IMG_2007One of my daily views as a nanny, a little play corner with books and toys for the kids, learning not to lose my mind over messes, April 6, 2020 in Lynchburg, Virginia. Photo by Elena Knopp

IMG_1745Keeping sane by going on early morning family walks to our closest coffee shop, Golf Park, to get a matcha latte and a scone to go, April 4, 2020 in Lynchburg, Virginia. Photo by Elena Knopp

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Taken in mid-March, when the White Hart Cafe switched to to-go orders only, cook Patty O’brien poses with a sanitizer bottle, March 13, 2020 in Lynchburg, Virginia. Photo by Elena Knopp

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After several tries, successfully creating this difficult animation in AfterEffects, with the love and support of Winnie by my side, starting to feel better about online learning as I work hard to finish out my last semester of college ever, April 3, 2020 in Lynchburg, Virginia. Photo by Elena Knopp