Quarantine Chronicles #4 – Keisha Sykes, Medicare Broker

This is the fourth part in a series of images and interviews about how life has changed (or not) during the COVID-19 quarantine. The purpose is to show how we’re all in this together and we’re not all that dissimilar.

Keisha Sykes and I attended school together – kindergarten through 12th grade – in a small town in East Texas. My maiden name was Turner, so we sat near each other in most all the classes we had together, and we frequently got called out by teachers for playing with each others’ hair instead of being on task. Whoops. 😉 She still lives in the metro Houston area and we enjoy keeping up with each other on Facebook. She’s a medicare broker and a mom of two, including a class of 2020 graduate.

Q. How has the stay-home order in Texas affected your work?

I was offered work from home, but always said no because for some reason I thought I would be bored or lonesome. We are allowed to talk on the production floor so most interactions with coworkers were via Skype.

Keisha and I talked off-the-record a bit about what her workload has looked like during this time. My biggest takeaway from that was that we all need to continue social distancing and taking precautions to be safe, even when your state/local government lifts restrictions.

A. What’s your silver lining?

The silverest of linings has been really being present with my children. My son will go into the Air Force this summer. We have enjoyed discovering new restaurants via Ubereats, watching campy movies, playing fighting VR games just generally being present. I thank God for this time with my son. I’m forever grateful for the rainbows in my life.

Thanks so much for talking to me, Kei. I truly appreciate your perspective and the nostalgia of Mrs. Johnson’s 8th grade social studies class. 🙂

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