At this point, for better or worse, most of us have adapted to the strangeness of being cut off from each other somewhat abruptly last month. I had a strange experience at the beginning of April when I turned the page on my calendar, got out my correction tape, and proceeded to eliminate the vast majority of commitments, obligations, and social opportunities. I can't remember ever having such a blank month. And while I have waves of sadness about the loss of my face-to-face community, I'm also grateful for the opportunity to slow down.
For one thing it's been one of the longest, loveliest Springs I can remember—blooms go on forever. We've had time in our garden to weed and plant and then just sit and enjoy how beautiful it is. I got some sourdough starter from a friend and learned how to make amazing crusty loaves of bread. I took a walk in the woods and saw a fairy slipper orchid. The dog is getting multiple, lengthy outings each day each day. I'm savoring the impromptu conversations with friends and neighbors who are also out walking, sitting on their porches, or working in their yards. Everyone seems hungry for some connection, and simple exchanges tend to have more depth to them.
As we adjust to the new normal, my calendar is beginning to fill in again. There are phone consultations with clients and Zoom meetings and webinars and virtual birthday parties. I feel like I'm being more careful about what I commit to and what I add to the calendar, though. What initially seemed like a hardship has turned into an opportunity. I hope everyone is able to find a little comfort in the slowness of this unprecedented time.
"At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can." - Frida Kahlo