Today we took an 8-hour, scenic road trip, complete with little walks, scenic vistas, ‘going out to eat,’ car-games and lots of reading. It was relatively unplanned; Cyn came up with the idea yesterday. But it was one of those ideas that immediately sounded right, so we just went with it. Boy, did it “hit the spot”! The truth of the matter is, we hadn’t something like this since “quarantine-ing” began.
And with that, I think for me (if not for the whole family), I hit a new level of adaptation to our “new normal” in relation to the virus. And that’s a very good thing. It’s funny- while stopping for lunch, we encountered another family doing something similar. The Dad is a dentist, and was talking about life now, and all the steps it will take to “get back to normal”. ‘It’s going to take a long time,’ he said. ‘First off, it will only be emergencies. Then our business has to figure out how we did stuff we used to do, but in a different way. We have to buy new equipment to minimize the aerosols going around in the air that could potentially affect each other. I am in a group of other dentists, from around the country, and we’re all trying to figure out how we are going to emerge from this okay. It’ll take a while, but we’ll get there. We have to!’ He said the last part with a smile… a weary smile, but a sincere one, nonetheless.
It occurred to me, his story is all of our story. We don’t know when “all of this will be over”… and I’m sure there will be many levels of “getting back to normal.” But it’s good to go out and do something fun, and remember to enjoy each other.
(For the record, this is the first time we’ve left our home in this manner and we essentially only came in close contact with other people once, when we stopped to buy lunch. We sanitized well anytime we got out of the car. We don’t want to give the impression we are not taking physical distancing seriously.)