“The heart’s memory eliminates the bad and magnifies the good, and that thanks to this artifice we manage to endure the burden of the past.” Gabriel Garcia Marques
The present global pandemic drastically changes the way we live. The Coronavirus has made us domestic prisoners, or as they say in the military, solitary confinement, or “the hole”, in an attempt to halt the progression of the virus. But, as a literary book worm that I am, one of my favorite books is “Love in the Time of Cholera” (or today “Coronavirus”). I prefer “Love in the Time of Coronavirus”. As the news of first cases of the virus reached us, we tended to believe, not in my backyard-NIMBY. Despite China’s far away distance, we soon moved into a panic mode and started to hoard things in preparation for the end. Hundreds of years from now this will be remembered as the “toilet paper crisis”. Quickly the Coronavirus epidemic changed in status to a worldwide pandemic. We have witnessed many changes, no more large gatherings or sporting events, and we have become a society of reclusion as if in a cloister. Now is a time of reflection. We need to maintain our physical and mental health and re-learn how to rely on our neighbors and community. The desire to help others, keep in touch, and show appreciation is sky high. My neighbor generously offered to bring me groceries, I write letters to my girlfriends, and the internet highway is busy keeping up communication with family and friends. The fear of acquiring the virus has transformed us so that we build physical barriers or social distance between friends and family members. However, it has helped develop closeness in the sense of caring for the well-being of the community and helping others during this time of social isolation. From businesses to family members, the goal is to minimize the risk of the spreading the virus. We provide a collective effort for the good of the community. The lessons learned from this event are that we need to be prepared, remain healthy, rely on each other, keep our spirits alive, and learn to appreciate a slower pace of indoor life. Remember the bygone era of board games, radio music, and just being close to those who are dear to us. Oh yeah, we do have television today. And, more important, be humble and give thanks for surviving another crisis.