The coronavirus has thrown us all for a loop, planting us firmly into a major historical event that we really want no part of.
Still, that doesn’t mean there aren’t silver linings. Here are 15 of mine…..
- I’ve used this quarantine as an excuse to eat way more chocolate than usual.
- I am not a good cook. Coming from a father whose palate is hyper-focused on Hamburger Helper and pretzels, I don’t think it’s in the cards. But since I’ve been cooking most every night, I’ve learned I’m not as terrible as I thought. In fact, I haven’t given myself food poisoning yet!
- Wearing a medical mask is making me feel like a surgeon. Wearing a bandanna over my face is making me feel like I’m about to rob a stagecoach. Either way, it’s kind of bad-ass.
- It’s not weird anymore when I walk my dogs in my pajamas. Those are everyone’s “day clothes” now.
- I’m no longer worried about my daughter getting lice.
- This isolation has forced people in my neighborhood out of their houses and onto their driveways and greenbelts. And we all talk to each other a lot more as a result.
- I’ve been making tons of macaroni in isolation and my daughter recently gave it an A minus. This is a big improvement from my previous grade of “not as good as grandma’s.”
- I’ve discovered that I have quite an extensive collection of yoga pants.
- For me, this pandemic has been a reminder of human decency. I think it’s easy to get down on mankind because we see such negative news but I will always believe that the good people far, far outweigh the bad. And these few months have reinforced that. The IRS scams and $30 bottles of sanitizer are the exceptions; it’s the helping that’s the norm.
- So far, homeschooling has gone off without any tantrums or breakdowns. My daughter has also been fine.
- I got out of my dental cleaning…..twice!
- My friends and I used to play poker together all the time when we were young and childless; now, it’s a rare occurrence. But since the quarantine began, we’ve been playing with each other online a few times a week. For money, of course, so that we care.
- I’ve gotten better at cutting my own bangs. Well, better-ish.
- Mondays feel similar to every other day so they no longer land as more difficult.
- While taking my dogs for one of their many walks, I overheard a little boy standing on his front porch, proudly telling his father that he’d memorized their garage code. Then he very loudly revealed what that garage code was, which, of course, I overheard………It’s just nice to know I have options if my finances get really hairy.