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Coronavirus Tales: Essential grocery worker gave up NYC apartment for child care

Ariel Guzman, 27, is a single mother to 7-year-old Joshua and a cashier — an important worker — at Steve’s ninth Avenue Market in Park Slope.

With college closed, I gave up the apartment that Joshua and I shared in Gravesend. I work on daily basis and any individual has to take care of my son, so we moved in with my mom.

I by no means thought that my job as a cashier in a grocery store would pose a possible well being threat that I might deliver dwelling to my son. Joshua is asthmatic and my mother has respiratory issues, so I must be cautious.

Though we put on gloves and masks at work, and prospects within the retailer should put on masks as properly, there’s nervousness. I’ve a variety of contact with people who find themselves touching greens and a number of gadgets on the cabinets. If issues go improper, I can deliver the virus dwelling.

Earlier than, I’d come dwelling and Joshua would run up to me for an enormous hug. Now, I give a wave once I stroll in. Then I take away my gloves, spray my arms, spray the doorknob, change out of my work garments, bathe and placed on home garments. Then I sort out him and hug him and kiss him.

This Mom’s Day, I’m taking the time off. I’m certain we’ll all be consuming rice and beans with hen. We’re Spanish. So after all that’s what we will likely be consuming! Proper now, even on a special occasion, you need what’s comfy and acquainted.

— As instructed to Michael Kaplan

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