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Great Expectations

It’s the best of times and the worst of times all at once.

On the one hand, COVID-19 is showing us the very best of humanity - the healthcare workers on the front lines and their families, essential personnel who keep going day in and day out knowing personally that they are making extreme sacrifices in the process. They are storming the beaches every day in PPE that is perhaps sub-par; brownie troops are earning their sewing badges and front line workers are wearing the masks they produce.

But this crisis is also showing us the very worst in humanity. I’m talking about the people who continue to ignore science and the recommendations from medical professionals and government officials and are still engaging in parties, events, dinners IN PERSON and not online. If that’s you and you’re reading this thinking oh but it was just a few people, just one dinner, just one long lazy trip to Target, know this: You are all making it harder for the rest of us, and you are personally putting the healthcare workers in even more danger. Put yourself second for a little while.

I’m learning that COVID-19 is making the good seem great and the bad seem truly terrible. Case in point: a gorgeous warm and sunny Friday would have always been a good day. Add in a spontaneous driveway happy hour and it was like THE BEST DAY EVER. Like, EVER. Time with friends would always have filled my bucket up - but this quarantine made it feel like the very best time we had ever had. Ditto for the gloomiest Saturday, which felt like one hundred hours long and miserable. Any gloomy Saturday could be a blah day - this one felt like the longest blah-est day ever. The best of times, the worst of times.

What will the week bring? Hopefully some semblance of settling in, because all signs point to us staying put for a good bit longer. We’ll get takeout from a place we can’t wait to go to when life comes back; we’ll walk and run and play outdoors as much as we can; we’ll read and puzzle and rest and binge. We’ll keep praying for our healthcare workers and our world. We’ll watch the news and count our many, many blessings.

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