Despite all the talk about “life after COVID” or anything like that, the coronavirus pandemic stays with us a lot. Talking about its ending is premature. But we do know something about how our lives are already changing, and perhaps a sense of new or ongoing changes that we can plan for once the pandemic has spread. Oh really On.
It can be huge or small. Many of us have gotten very sick, lost loved ones, or both. Many of us have lost our jobs, or lived in fear of going to unsafe workplaces every day. We’ve all come to terms with the surreal nature of living during a global pandemic, from your grocer’s disinfection phase to seeing schools trying to get around defining close contacts as 15 minutes of exposure within 6 feet by having kids wake up and walk around the room every 12 to 14 minutes. The kids came home from school one day and haven’t seen their friends again for months. We have developed opinions on the most effective and/or comfortable masks.
So, 15 months later, as you take stock of the changes in your life that may persist after the pandemic – when we can really say that’s over – what sets you apart? Small or big, sad or funny.
I’ll go with a little one: Growing up, I often heard or read about grandparents who were so affected by the Depression that they didn’t get rid of anything. These days, I look at my pantry—still, a year after the grocery shortages subsided, filled with extras of everything incorruptible—and wonder if I’ll still have bottles of olive oil and tamari in the pantry a decade later, if My grandchildren (I should have any) would have rolled their eyes to this historical peculiarity of mine, if getting the extras always would be The COVID-19 generation cliché.
what about you?