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Hopeful Things During This Unreal, Upside Down, Crazy Time


A hopeful outlook at the end: But, in the meantime, a little green plant in Laurie’s  living room is the last thing she bought before shopping became an anxious, Purell-driven event.

By Laurie Stone

It’s like the world’s been given a giant time-out. New sayings are popping up — “self-isolating,” “elbow bump” and “social distancing” — that would’ve confused only a short while ago. A little green plant in my living room is the last thing I bought before shopping became an anxious, Purell-driven event. And yet, good things have come from this awful pandemic. Here are mine.


They sing from balconies and dance and play accordions and violins. I’m sure not everyone in their country feels this “amore della vita,” but there’s something uplifting in seeing and hearing the human spirit. If I lived in those apartment buildings of Rome, Sienna and Milan, the music of other humans would bring comfort. “You’re not alone,” they seem to say. “We’re in this together. Life is still worth living.”

Sometimes it takes courage to be happy.

Small Kindnesses

I was getting my hair cut just before our governor, sigh, shuttered salons and barbers. My hairdresser had said she was in the grocery store, stocking up on juice mother, worrying, hopefulboxes for her grandchildren. “I was tempted to take them all,” she said. “But decided to leave some for others.”

I’ve noticed strangers waving and talking to each other more (and yes, a safe distance apart). A slight head shake or weary smile is immediately understood. “Stay healthy” is the new goodbye. In a funny way, Covid-19 has brought out our shared humanity. We need each other after all.

An Introvert’s Fantasy

I’m being “ordered” to stay home? I must spend my days reading and writing and walking around my back yard? Wow! At the same time, I feel bad for extrovert pals who have to curtail that hard drive to go out and mingle. Many are using their considerable energy for assembling furniture, arranging shelves and painting their kitchens … and bathrooms … and garages. Since I’ve always felt safest and happiest at home (and don’t know how to assemble furniture), this part comes easy.

Life Goes On

The coronavirus may have stopped humans, but it can’t stop Mother Nature. Spring’s here with its birdsong and green crocus shoots and lilac bush buds. The light is stronger. The trees in Connecticut are coming to life. If all this had to happen, I’m grateful we’re not driving into the dark tunnel of winter.

We’re heading into the most beautiful, hopeful time of year.

Instead, we’re heading into the most beautiful, hopeful time of year. Somehow things are more bearable. Amid this craziness, we’re surrounded by burgeoning new life.

What an Amazing World We Live in

Movies, coffee shops, museums, concerts, travel, restaurants, baseball, theater … It’s not until they’re taken away that we see how lucky we were — and I am hopeful will be again someday. Can you imagine sitting in a restaurant and just, well, sitting in a restaurant? Or seeing a Broadway matinee? Or even just going to the local movie theater? It now feels so rich and opulent, our world in all its choice and splendor and abundance. How lucky we were and didn’t know it.

Undying Respect for Medical Workers

I thought my admiration for these people couldn’t be higher, but it creaked up another notch. Health workers are the unsung heroes of our age, and maybe every age. Especially today, they’re doing their jobs under the highest risk, on the front line of a war with an enemy they can’t see. I’d do better piloting a 747 than performing any medical task. I can’t thank them enough.

Emphasis on Thinking

In the end, the coronavirus forced a giant social experiment on us that knows no geographical, racial, ethnic, or religious lines. If you’re a human, you’re in. We can’t fight our way out of this or boycott it or ghost it on social media. We’re going to have to think our way out.

Movies, coffee shops, museums, concerts, travel, restaurants, baseball, theater … It’s not until they’re taken away that we see how lucky we were — and I am hopeful will be again someday.

And yes, not knowing is the hardest and scariest part. Is this the beginning of some dystopian future? Or will we get through these “sheltering-in-place” times and go on with our lives? Or will there be something in between, another reality we can’t imagine yet?

I keep looking at that little green plant, a reminder of a way of life I took for granted. How fast things change, how quickly they can be snatched away.

But we’ve already stepped through the looking glass. There’s no turning back. Someday we’ll meet on the other side … older, wiser and hopefully better.

Laurie Stone writes from the woods of Easton, Conn. Her blog, “Musings, Rants &Scribbles,” shares thoughts on growing up, older and (hopefully) wiser. Follow her on FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest.



4 Responses to “Hopeful Things During This Unreal, Upside Down, Crazy Time”

  1. This is lovely, Laurie. The situation we’re in is overwhelming in many ways but, I feel blessed to have a lovely home to shelter in with my husband and our dogs. This odd kind of ‘alone time’ isn’t all bad but, I do hope it ends fairly soon!

  2. Shari says:

    Our nation and the world is a mess right now, but there are so many acts of love out there, creativity, and “making due.” I’m so glad you wrote this. I will share.

  3. Diane says:

    Ohmyword, yes, Laurie! There are so many hopeful things!
    I see families spending time together. I see the frantic/frenetic pace of our daily world slowed almost to a (much-needed) standstill. I see the peace. I pray that these are the take-aways from this time out of time.

  4. It is an interesting and introspective time. I’ve noticed people have become more friendly and are doing what they can to make this work.It’s been interesting.


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