What are you most excited about doing when the world gets back to normal?
Being outside, cutting my grass, doing my plants, my flowers. I have ochres, tomatoes, mustard greens, celery, spearmint, but the weather came by and then kind of ruined a lot of my plants that I had. I'm starting all over again.
Ms. Carol, when you first heard about the coronavirus back in say, March of 2020, what did you think?
I can remember when I first heard about the virus in March. Our last day at our church was that March the 5th, I think, that we wasn't going to go back and that's the part that was scary, not being able. When you find yourself not going back to your church.
Was the period when there was a lot of confusion worrisome for you?
Yeah, it was worrisome because I didn't want anybody around me. I didn't trust nobody being around me. When I stayed home, I made sure that I wouldn't go out.
Did you have any hesitations, Ms. Carol, about getting the vaccine?
Yes, I did. Very much so because I have asthma and I was afraid to take a chance and even taking a shot, but as time passed on and I prayed about it and see all my friends had taken a shot and I see how they were. That's why it made me want it to go ahead on and I know that if I was going to be well, I had to do this because all my sisters and brother, we all had had the shot. We was making sure that each one of my brothers and sister, we're going to make sure we take the shot and we all have taken it. I had a sore arm, but it was just a sore arm and it passed, the next day it was fine.
Did you feel a sense of relief once you got your second shot?
Yes, so much. When I walked out the pharmacy and I had that shot, I'm going to tell you, it was like a load just came off here. Now I feel like I can go out and do things and I know I have to keep my distance and wear my mask, but I feel better. And I tell anybody it's a relief.
Must feel so good now to have your freedom back.
So good. So good. And I know we have to be careful and still, but it's not like it was before.
You have a friend in your community named Heather Diaz. What does Heather do and how did you all connect?
Oh, Heather is awesome. I used to go to, before the bars and all this happened, they had classes at Humana and I went to the classes that she had and we did a 5k walk. Me and Heather kind of, we walked fast. So we just got in front and we just started dancing and walking and dancing and walking and we just had so much fun.
I understand that she thinks you're a pretty amazing woman and appreciates how active you are.
Yeah. She looks up to me. I look up to her too. She's my inspiration for keep going.
What has the support from the community and from people like Heather meant to you during this really challenging time?
She knows I'm a person that likes to be out and thing and she would ask, "Ms. Carol, you need anything?" She would go to the store for me if I wanted her to. Whatever I needed her to do, she would call and ask and I love that about her. She'd check on me.
Ms. Carol, when you think about that first day back in church, after all these months, being with all of the parishioners, being able to sing with the choir and being able to pray with people in your community, what does it look like to you?
It look like a hallelujah time. You want me to get up and dance?
That's what it's going to look like. It's going to look like and you're going to jump up and say hallelujah. Hallelujah. Hallelujah. And you're going to be able to do it. Thank you, Lord. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
That's going to be quite a morning. Isn't it?
That's it. That's what I'm looking forward to.