Jeff and I love to eat at the bar when we go to restaurants. We only do it when it’s just the two of us; sitting at a bar with 3 or 4 people does not work well for conversational purposes but with two it’s perfect. It sometimes enables us to sit more quickly when there is a wait for a table and we can also enjoy a game that is usually on the TV above the bar.
Last night of course we could not visit our favorite pizza restaurant and sit at the bar. So we ordered a pizza for pick up. Jeff went and got it. Then he made us a couple of drinks and we sat at the “bar” at our kitchen island and ate our pizza. He even dimmed the lights to make it more bar like. Somehow we were able to recreate a favorite outing of ours right in our home.
It made me think about the resiliency of the human spirit. People are taking a pretty crappy situation and making the best of it. Many, many people are out walking, even in the cold and rain. We went to Home Depot this morning and it was quite busy. I realized that people are taking this opportunity to fix up their houses and finish all of those home improvement projects they have been putting off forever. Several of my friends have told me that they are trying new recipes. A couple of elderly women at our church are using the time to knit prayer shawls. My daughters are doing 1000 piece jigsaw puzzles.
If you had told me a month ago that we would be in this position of course I would not have believed it. But what has been even more surprising to me is the way people have dealt with it. I don’t hear a lot of complaining or whining. What I see is people being creative about how to endure and even thrive during a really difficult time. I mean, even Kylie Jenner has gone on Instagram and told people to stay home. She says she is watching TV and doing puzzles as well as spending quality time with her daughter.
Even beneath all that make up and cosmetic surgery there lies a human spirit.