Day 40–Police

   Ron went out to the grocery store this morning and was stopped by the police. He had to hand over his self-certification form, carta d’identita, and answer 100 questions. The police released him and there was no penalty. But it is a reminder of the incredible burden of this state of emergency. I marvel that in the U.S., people are driving around free to go where they want.
   The stores throughout the region, it turns out, are all closed, even grocery stores and pharmacies. We are living in times of rationing, times where having a storehouse of food is critical. How can I ever go back to living where I take for granted being able to get food and other supplies whenever I want? I will never be the same.