Thursday, March 26, 2020

New Normal

The hardest part about sheltering, social distancing and the reduction in services and stores is finding a new normal. 

Hey, let's head out to a movie tonight? Nope!

Where are we meeting for Happy Hour? We aren't meeting.

Let's go to Orioles Opening Day! It was supposed to be today, but, well, baseball has been indefinitely delayed. 

Let's go over to the mall and checkout the sales. Not happening. (at least in the Baltimore-DC region)

The weather on Monday looks great, let's play golf! Also, not happening.

And since the gyms are closed, I'm not playing racquetball either.

So, let's walk the dog! At least we can walk the dog. Well, maybe the dog has other ideas. Finnegan has been a trooper and has been doing in excess of three miles per day on multiple walks. Makayla, on the other hand, is not so interested in heading out and chooses whether to walk or not based upon the weather. 

We each need to find the new normal and settle into the routine. Wishing we were doing something else of able to do something that we cannot do is not going to be healthy.

Chris and I found a new technology app last evening. Google Duo. It is an older app, but it allows video calling across platforms--like iPhone to Android. We called my parents and were able to see them and converse with them. It brightened both of our evenings. We may try having Happy Hour on Friday via Duo--together, but yet still apart. And it seemed to work every as bit as well as FaceTime, only better.

All part of finding the new normal!

Settle in, it is going to be a few more weeks before a sense of the old normalcy returns.

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

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