Yesterday, I saw this outside. I was so excited to see something alive and yellow. I had to go take a picture of it at once. So I did! There wasn’t a moment to lose. Today, I saw something different! It was… snow.
What kind of April fool’s day trick is that?
Okay, I can’t deny it. April Fool’s Day is my favorite holiday. There should be a parade to celebrate it. Whoopie cushions and fake spiders thrown out of vehicles would be a fine touch. Oh, wait. No parade. The pandemic still hasn’t ended. Last year, I was sure that the pandemic was going to last for…weeks.
It has, indeed, lasted for weeks. It’s just been a few more weeks than I anticipated. More than a year’s worth of weeks, experienced one at a time. One zoom meeting at a time. One YouTube church service at a time.
One batch of homemade applesauce at a time, sometimes made with odd ingredients, including super tart crab apples, which were so tiny and so hard to chop that I will never do a rerun on that experiment. I still have applesauce in the freezer, and I am still hoping to share it with other people in some sort of small group, socially distanced, meal.
During this bizarre year, collecting the apples had become a huge adventure. My adventure was supposed to be walking with a group with the Walk for a Nuclear Free Future, but that couldn’t be. The plan was to walk across New York State. It was going to be a big adventure, but walking with a group during a pandemic is truly not an option, so the adventure was canceled.
It is amazing and awesome that human beings can adapt to that much change. We talk about “a new normal” or “going back to normal,” but that’s still in the future. And who even knows what “normal” is anymore. I’ll explore that word later!
What adaptations have worked for you? Please talk about them in the comment section!