“For the first time in my life, I saw glowworms. We walked in the dark as the leaves colored and then fell, we walked through dark snowstorms and freezing cold and under the bright stars of Orion.
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Many others have rediscovered a taste for reading.
Brad Robertson of Portland, Oregon wrote, “I reinvigorated my reading habit during Covid. Since March 2020, instead of receiving emails at the start of the day, I spend at least 30 minutes reading. Sometimes more. Even though work is returning to a more solid schedule, I’ve maintained it almost every day for the past two years. Without feeling like a huge effort, it adds up to around 160+ pounds.
Heather Wishik from Vermont wrote that because she is immunocompromised, she must continue to self-isolate even though she is fully vaccinated. She and her partner have adopted the practice of reading aloud. “I do research to select a book I think we’ll like, and she reads it to me — a chapter or two or three depending on how long they are,” she wrote.
“Being read was a joy for all of us as children, and now, as older adults, we recapture that magic while discovering authors we didn’t know before or books never read by authors. that we love. We read fiction and non-fiction, comics and serious. Our current book is “Watergate: A New History,” by Garrett M. Graff, and the most recent fiction we have read is “Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter,” by Mario Vargas Llosa.
Some of my favorite answers were about practices that strengthened bonds between families, friends and neighbors. Debbie Kaminer from New York wrote that she and her family had invented a contest called “the boring game”. (She says it’s a lot more entertaining than it looks!)
“Each person has 60 seconds of uninterrupted time to tell whatever boring story they want,” she said. “We go around in a circle and each member of our family of five gets a turn. We then all vote for the story that we find the most boring. The winner gets bragging rights. The game is such a hit that now that my kids are (finally) back in college after schools were closed for the pandemic, they FaceTime us so they can play.
May Wong of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania wrote that she and her two daughters began a ritual called “driving to nowhere”: “We just got in the car and drove. We had no destination. We took turns talking, all topics were allowed in the privacy of our minibus, and we really bonded during those rides: mother-daughter bond as well as sister-sister bond between them.