The New Normal

Isn’t it strange (and rather wonderful) how we humans can adapt to most any situation? While doing all the right things so as not to get the corona virus, it is an opportunity to enjoy less of the “hurry-hurry” that we usually do when things are “normal.” These days when we are home most of the time, we find ourselves doing things that, prior to the pandemic, we used to do or just wanted the time to do things.

Well, now we have the time. The Crankee Yankee and I have found some new TV shows to enjoy, he is going through his massive pile of magazines, and I am finally delving into the gynormous hat box that is filled with photographs. It’s fun to see them again, and I am slowly but surely organizing them.

The Crankee Yankee and I switch for grocery runs, and we are back to making the kind of meals we used to; shepherd’s pie, tomato soup and grilled ham and cheese sandwiches, mini pizzas, salads and so on. This has become a time to reflect as well as doing cleaning and sorting stuff we always meant to get to; it’s sort of a productive time.

As we always do this time of year, we will soon set up our “free table,” full of books, magazines, doo-dads and other stuff we don’t use or need. People (including us) take leisurely walks on our streets, and we chat with at least six feet between us. We listen to the news to see how things are going, but we are not watchingevery single second. Most of all we are not afraid; just careful.

Well before my mother was dying of metastatic breast cancer, she and my dad decided to teach each other the chores and duties that each one did. Mom was the one who handled the money and the checkbook, and Dad was the one who knew who to call for snowplowing and so on. As of course they didn’t know which of them would die first, so they did this as a “just in case.”

It was such a good idea that the Crankee Yankee and I decided to do the same. It makes sense; he manages our accounts, the garden and the work around the house, and I manage the laundry, the dishes, the cats, what to give the grandgirls for their birthdays and Christmas, and so on. So over all, it’s a win-win.

So, as scary (and downright irritating) as these times may be, we can make the most of our “sheltering in place time”. We can have more time with our families, we can call or email our friends, and cuddle up with our pets. This is a good time to read a good book we’ve been putting aside when we have more time; we have time NOW.

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