Let’s speak about coronavirus, espresso cups and quarantine

So how are you? Don’t fret, there is not any have to reply the query. 2020 is a scorching mess of epic proportions, and yesterday appears like final yr.

After I final up to date this weblog, I had simply left Northern Virginia for Roanoke, Virginia. Roanoke, I have to say, is a fairly cool place to stay. It is within the Blue Ridge Mountains. To this point, I’m having fun with it. Or ought to I say I’m having fun with our yard, since I nonetheless do not depart dwelling apart from to stroll the canine or to go to the grocery retailer carrying a masks.

I moved right here in January with excessive hopes of — properly, as soon as the children have been settled of their new colleges — hitting the bottom operating on my writing initiatives once more, together with updates to this weblog.

The truth is, my hopes have been so excessive that certainly one of my final purchases earlier than we moved was this $5 espresso cup from Goal. It mentioned all of it, and in solely 4 phrases.

However nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition, nobody may have predicted the breaching of the levees, and nobody anticipated a worldwide pandemic and 40 million Individuals shedding their jobs. Properly, nobody predicted the pandemic apart from our intelligence providers, the World Well being Group, numerous consultants who have been silenced on the CDC, and all the public well being neighborhood writ massive.

At this time is Thursday, proper?

Proper. I preserve forgetting which day of the week it’s, as a result of daily is similar.

I will confess that the wind went out of my sails for a couple of months. It has been extremely onerous to maneuver ahead on many issues. Perhaps I simply really feel the burden, the trend, the desperation of those occasions. I lay awake at night time and fear about thousands and thousands of Individuals I’ve not personally met.

How will all of us come out on the opposite facet of “this”? And the way will we navigate this new panorama within the brief time period? What the hell is occurring right here?

I do not fake to know the solutions. I simply wish to say that I hope that you’re wholesome, and secure. These are tough, dystopian occasions, however we are able to be taught so much from adversity.

If something good can come of those hostile occasions, I hope that we acquire larger empathy and compassion, in addition to a larger appreciation for the little issues in life. As I’ve mentioned many occasions on this weblog, our greatest “wins” at dwelling and at work do not all the time need to be large. Because the pandemic has proven us, simply being right here, and being wholesome, may really feel like the most important win of all.

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