Not normal, but happy

Updated 8/1/2020 11:08 AM

The new "normal" is sucky. Having to wear a mask, practice social distancing, etc., is sucky too. I'm elderly with health issues and in addition, I'm the sole caregiver for my 94-year-old mother who also has health issues. I don't go "out" enough to keep the PSI up in my car tires but out I go -- for groceries, big-box necessities and the occasional restaurant for order pickups.

Folks who know me know I will start conversations with strangers to kick things up. I'm also quick with a quip or smart-aleck remark, so COVID is cramping my style. Up until now, when I saw an opportunity, I'd take it, but nobody, and I mean NOBODY even responds verbally. I've reduced myself to just "sorry," "excuse me" and "thanks" to the cashiers. Isn't that a shame?


We've heard the "We're in this together," etc., so much it's white noise now. If we are to survive this horrible situation, maintaining a sense of humor should be part of survival -- not holing up in the house sucking your thumb while twirling a lock of hair.

Everyone has issues to deal with. Be glad you woke up this morning. Seek beauty and humor. It truly helps.

Delynn Winkelman

Arlington Heights

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