Author of the JP Weiscarver Mystery Series
When life gives you lemons … at least try to learn something from the experience, especially if said lemon shipment comes with a large side order of sitting around time. Without further ado, and with the assistance of online friends where noted, here are “Things we’re learning from our coronavirus experiences”:
* Just how long 20 seconds can seem.
* That movie plot lines of politicians ignoring scientists and putting entire populations in jeopardy are … well … not all that far-fetched.
* How to plant a victory garden, as well as deciding if neighbors will protest against chickens in the backyard. (contributed by Ryan E)
* Our individual limits to watching sci-fi movies.
* We’re not nearly as self-reliant as we thought we were.
* The people who apparently thought washing hands after using the rest room was optional.
* The number of times one can hum “Happy birthday” after it gets stuck in the brain. (contributed by Marti B)
* How essential are services provided by people paid poverty wages.
* The entertainment factor of Americans suddenly mustering the courage to learn how to ride a bike or play tennis. (contributed by James M)
* How ignorant of science and medicine are many elected officials.
* How many minutes we can watch of daily press briefings before screaming. (contributed by Judy B)
* The weakness of the excuse “I don’t have time” for all those honey-dos. (contributed by Pinky S)
* Practical understanding of personal space.
* That it takes as long to run to the store for a loaf of bread as it does to bake one. (contributed by Jennie R)
* How texting to family and friends takes on a whole new meaning. (contributed by Gail G)
* Inventive ways to make a mask, such as making one out of a koozie. (contributed by Tina M)
* What those burners are for on the range.
* Learning to be more understanding of others. (contributed by Janis B)
* The art of growing a furlough beard. (contributed by Lloyd S)
* The privilege of saying goodbye.
* The great benefits of having a dog. (contributed by Connie B)
* To what extent online “television” has expanded.
* The depth of the saying, “When you have the money, you never have the time; when you have the time, you never have the money.” (contributed by Roxanne H)