The State of Indiana is opening back up and we hope that will prove to be very positive with no spike in infection as a result.
It’s been a difficult time for many people and I confess I have been thankful every morning I wake up that I have had a job to go to and have not been trapped in the house all day. In fact, I have told my wife repeatedly I have no desire to retire because there is only so much time to devote to hobbies (especially with limited revenue) and only so much time to visit grandchildren without wearing out my welcome.
But there are some things I hope we have learned as we come out of this pandemic.
I will appreciate being able to go to church and, eventually, take my wife out for dinner. Our “date night often consists of a weekly trip to buy groceries and going out to eat. Neither one of us want to do that right away. We want to wait and see how well our community has overcome the virus.
I hope we have gained a new appreciation of our families. Since most people have not committed violent crimes while spending all day and all night with their loved ones, I trust it has been a positive experience
I used to look forward to vacations, just the four of us (we have two children), because I always learned something about those kids, about Linda or myself.
Linda and I have been so fortunate that we were able to work the past six weeks but by not going out to eat or shopping (other than online) we have grown closer.
I hope we have gained a new appreciation for our community during the past two months. While we have grown closer to our families, we want to remember how important it is to be good citizens and that means caring for those with whom we are not connected by blood.
I hope we look at our neighbors with more compassion and an attempt to better understand them and realize something or someone has encouraged them to be what they are. In some cases, someone has discouraged them and, sadly, that is just as important to our understanding.
Have you found yourself gaining a new appreciation for your possessions? Maybe you spent part of the past eight weeks cleaning house and found items you forgot you owned or maybe items for which you had been looking.
That happens to me. I get on a discovery binge and go through the drawers in my home office and clear the top of my desk. I actually found an iPod one day!
So, my hope is that we will treat ourselves and one another better because of our experience during the Virus of 2020.