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Paradise couple returns home after cruise ship quarantine

The Paradise couple quarantined for weeks on the Grand Princess Cruise Ship and then Miramar Marine Corps base station are home at last.

Posted: Mar 26, 2020 7:49 PM

CHICO, Calif. - The Paradise couple quarantined for weeks on the Grand Princess Cruise Ship and then Miramar Marine Corps base station are home at last.

"Gosh this morning nobody knocked on my door and nobody brought me breakfast and in a way, I might wanna go back we were served three times a day and we had staff do whatever we wanted,"  Michele Smith said.

Steven and Michele Smith kept the same upbeat and optimistic attitude throughout 21 total days of quarantine, 7 days on the ship and 14 days at a marine corps base in San Diego. But not every day was as easy.

"It was kind of fun, in the beginning, it was a little adventure but then we saw the news and that changed everything and we were like wait what - we really didn’t know what was going on,"  she said.

And while some days were emotional, "I did cry for the first time." Michele says she knew she had to change her mindset.

"So I just started to color and I haven’t colored in decades and it took my focus off of how I felt onto something else," Michele said.

"We’re glass half people and we really have a tendency to look at things in a much brighter light than many people do," Steven said.

The couple had the Silkshop in Chico create and send these shirts to them while in quarantine.

"February 21 is when we left we were quarantined on the ship March 4th and we were released March 25," Michele said.

"And it wasn’t ever our intent to make light of this situation or the disease and seriousness it was really just to lift out own spirits and to help tell a story," Steven said.

A story that the couple will never forget. Now five weeks after being away from their place in Paradise they have just 5 days to pack up because they sold their home in Chico.

"And I feel so good coming back to Chico knowing that we are not infected and we aren’t going to infect anyone else in fact that told us we are probably one of the safest people here in town," Michele said.

But they say of course they’re going take the necessary precautions to continue to stay safe in their community.

"Things are going to work out just fine we’ll weather the storm right now we are down in the valley but we’ll be back up on the top of the mountain before too long," Steven said.

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