From the Editor's Desk
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“Days. Weeks. Months. Who knows?”
Summer’s here and things are not going as planned. Hope had sprung eternal for a moment there, and then CRASH. Places that had opened are closed again. Many school districts have said they’ll continue remote learning, and in a nod to Pluto at @pluto.living, wearing our button pants is not happening anytime soon. All signs there’s no returning to the way things were.
Some of us have made it out into the world and have camped in national parks, visited relatives who’ve been tested, attended small dinner parties, and went to the beach. Many of us haven’t gone farther than the local supermarket. As we read/watch/hear the news, we’re not getting a dose of happy, happy, and after four months, some of us are on the wane.
Informed, intelligent, independent thinkers have said, “I don’t watch or read anything about the world. It’s way too disturbing.”
But there are lots of great changes taking place, and embracing them means that while we might not return to what was, we’ll get a new what is that’s better. For example, in California, where the weather allows for this, some school districts have purchased big tents and they intend to hold classes in the tents with a couple of flaps up. Aside from being a creative solution, it might be a permanent one that brings children outdoors, reduces school districts’ utilities bills, and spurs a new kind of thinking in the teachers and the students.
Many businesses have said they’re going to continue to have a portion, if not all of their workforce work from home. Again, a reduction in utility consumption, and shrinking rush hour traffic. Who would argue for more rush hour traffic? Plus, there’s potential added benefits to mom and pop stores and eateries in small towns and exurbs where the stay-at-home workers live. While dining out (inside the restaurant) might not be happening again for a while, curbside pickup, patio dining, and home deliveries have increased. To quote Sam Hunt, “If you’re gonna be a homebody, We’re gonna have a house party.” (House Party/Montevallo ©MCA)
Facetime, Skype, and Zoom have allowed many of us to stay connected. Continue doing that. A LOT. If you don’t want anyone to see your hair in its present state, a regular phone call works too.