How has your life changed since the world closed its doors? For Roger and me, the differences are small. He is fully retired and can afford to wait it out. I’m still working, but as a novelist, I’m accustomed to a solitary, work-from-home existence. I play with my imaginary friends and observe the world through my office window. Yet I can fully appreciate how crazy life must be for many of you.

In decades past, it would have been full-on chaos for us. With two full-time careers (his as a newspaper reporter; mine teaching at the state university nearby), we’d have been crazy enough. Add in children in three schools, two soccer leagues, various clubs and church groups, not to mention school sports, band, plays, and choir, and …well, you get the picture. Some of you are probably living it. If so, you have my full sympathy.

We have people there, too. I recently spoke with our daughter whose children are ages 2 to 12. A normal day is spent largely in the car driving kids to school, lessons, practice, clubs, church, and play dates. Now she is struggling to keep them all occupied without any of their usual activities. Our sons’ families are in similar situations, and all of our employed folks are trying to  maintain their jobs and income without going to work. It’s not easy.

We’re seeing other changes as well. A grandson planned to enlist in the National Guard at the end of this school term. Now, with all his classes online, he has no reason to postpone. A college student granddaughter will be traveling across several states to wait out the crisis with her family while finishing classes via computer. We all our trying to “be there” for one another (virtually; no contamination involved) while keeping our lives as normal and healthy as possible.

We humans are resilient. Our ancestors survived the Spanish flu and two world wars. Afterward, they built the world we inherited. No doubt we can do as well. My hope is that we’ll get through this quickly, with as little damage as possible, and, when we reach the other side, we’ll reach out to serve those hardest hit and to lift one another. In the meantime, we’ll lift our collective chin and wash our hands. Frequently.

Along the way, should you feel the need to while away some time, I know where you can find some good books. 😉

Stay well, my friends!