The Small Things During Social Distance


For years now I’ve passed the small Tide from the travel section. It’s better to buy the regular size, but it’s just so cute. I want one just because it’s adorable. That’s it. I know it’s a stereotype for girls to love cute things, but you only live once, so I carried that travel size bottle to the check out line with pride. I spent my money shamelessly, and made that  Tide bottle mine.

Every time my wallet told me not to buy this product I listened, but then this pandemic hit. I was traveling around the Connecticut valley. That part of Ansonia and Derby where you can’t remember which store is in which town, so you just call it Ansonia-Derby. At least that’s what I do as a Shelton resident. I was on the hunt for paper towel and a few other things. Target was out, and I was completely fine because I know there’s worse things in life. I continued to move through the aisles. This had been my biggest day out in awhile so I wanted to soak it all up. Eventually I landed in the travel section, with my eyes catching sight of that small Tide bottle, and all it’s 10 ounce glory. I made the decision then. I can’t spend my money on much else right now, so this Tide bottle had to be mine. I know I sound basic. I’m not fighting it. At least I feel fulfilled. That’s not even a joke. That’s a real social distancing life.


My story borders the line between funny and poor taste. People are actually getting sick and dying, yet I have chosen to fill your time with the tale of an average woman seeking Tide. A snapshot from the crazy life of Katelyn, that is stuck between my need to be sarcastic, and a hard place. That hard place being the part where I know a lot of people are sick, running out of money, and feeling like they’re in a scary Sci-fy movie. Although that last part would be better, because at least you know when the scary part of the movie ends.

About Katelyn The Journalist

Katelyn Avery is a Connecticut based writer, born in 1993. She graduated from Central Connecticut State University in May 2016. As someone who has enjoyed writing since childhood Katelyn is very excited to see where her passion will take her.
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1 Response to The Small Things During Social Distance

  1. That was as cute as a travel size Tide bottle.


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