My 94-year-old great aunt never ceases to amaze me. The other day, when I called her to see if she needed anything from the pharmacy or the grocery store in light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, she thought about it for a second or two then said, “I don’t need anything, baby. Thank you for asking.” I thought to myself, surely she must need something.
My great aunt, who has a great memory, sound mental faculties, and the spirit and energy of a woman half her age, insisted she was fine then commenced to tell me what steps she was taking to stay safe amid the pandemic.
Reports of confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the country and in her state of Michigan captured her attention while watching the evening news. My great aunt is a loyal viewer of local news. That’s where she gets all of her information about the coronavirus, including safety guidelines, which she follows to the letter.
Sometimes, my great aunt tweaks them for her own peace of mind. For example, she tells me she washes her hands several times a day in soapy water for at least 30 seconds, instead of the recommended 20 seconds. She even sprays her mail with disinfectant then leaves it sitting in the garage for a couple days before she opens it.
Avoiding gatherings of ten or more people is not an issue for her, neither is social distancing. My great aunt avoids everyone, including neighbors, friends, and family. When her granddaughter dropped by to visit, my great aunt refused to let her into her home.
Something tells me they stood six feet apart, when she spoke to her through the locked screened door on the front porch. “I love her. I love her so much, but I’m not letting anyone in my house until this crisis is over,” my great aunt explained.
Needless to say, my great aunt is not leaving her house either. When I asked her what was she doing the rest of the day, she said, “I’m going to the kitchen to smoother a chicken and cook a bunch of kale.” You better believe that is exactly what she did.
When I hung up the phone, I smiled to myself. I was proud of my great aunt for not taking any chances with her safety and for eating healthy, which is a good thing to do all the time, especially during a health crisis.
Research shows certain foods, like kale can help boost your immune system. I think I will go to the kitchen and smoother a chicken and cook some fresh kale, too. How about you? Munchie Cooks has a recipe for fresh kale and fresh broccoli that are super easy and super good. See recipe below. Click to see video that shows how to cook fresh kale.
2 BUNCHES KALE
2 CUPS CHICKEN STOCK
1 TABLESPOON SEA SALT
1 TEASPOON BLACK PEPPER
1 TEASPOON CAYENNE PEPPER
HALF CUP DICED ONIONS
ADD KALE TO POT
ADD CHICKEN STOCK
ADD SEA SALT, BLACK PEPPER, CAYENNE PEPPER AND ONIONS. COOK ON MEDIUM HEAT BETWEEN 8-10 MINUTES.