My daughter told me yesterday that one of the positive consequences (Yes, there are actually positive things happening.) of the COVID-19 pandemic is that the environment is actually improving. The air and water are cleaner now because factories have shut down and planes are not flying as much. She told me that the water in Venice is so clean that dolphins have been spotted in the canals.
My environment is improving too. Yesterday my second daughter was rescued from New York City, unfortunately now named the epicenter of the outbreak in the United States. Last night, I set the table for four and we gathered around to have a family dinner. We ate, we talked, we laughed. After dinner, we gathered in the living room to watch a movie. Morgan was perched on the high back chair, Mackensie on the couch wrapped in her favorite blanket, Tim on the couch, and me in my favorite tag sale rescue chair, to watch one of our family favorites, The Secret Garden. The night felt so right in this world that feels so wrong.
The pandemic is an awful situation. The few positive outcomes will never make this situation OK. But tonight I am breathing in the beautiful air of my family.