Lest We Forget
Our granddaughter, Natalie, now home-schooling like most American kids, has a requirement to keep a journal about these times. I think it's a wonderful idea to keep notes on the big and small of what's happening in the world today. In fact, I recommend that we all keep notes on our observations of the day to day travails during this once-in-a-lifetime event. Grab your tablet, whether spiral or digital and keep notes. Tell yourself about the school bus driver delivering lunch instead of students, on the clear sky because no one is driving, on the news that dolphins have returned to the canals of Venice. Remind yourself how big that playground looked with only one child playing, how empty the parking lot at the megaplex was and how frustrated you were when your new carpet wasn't installed, despite your stacking all the furniture in one room. Don't sweat the small stuff ... and it's all small stuff. Now go find a pencil and paper.
Some day, you're going to want to tell your grandkids about the days the earth stood still, when you could hear the birds singing over the freeway silence and the little things you saw and did to pass the time. It will all be so much more meaningful than the raw numbers of sick and dying or the catastrophic movements of the market.