Have you ever noticed how life can sometimes give you little surprises? Some good, some less so, but when viewed in the rearview mirror always a bit ironic. It seems to me that the current crisis is no exception. Our pandemic is loaded with ironies. For a few examples, consider these:
- Gas and diesel fuels are the cheapest in decades and we are under shelter in place orders.
- Who hasn’t wanted to shake a fist at all those big rigs hogging the roads in rush hours? Now that we are in need of toilet paper and yeast we give them a thumbs up.
- It takes a federal/state mandate requiring us to stay home to get our families to sit down for a meal together.
- You find that those little people that live upstairs are really your kids.
- Remember how you used to bitch about the traffic on the way to work? Now you wish you could go to work.
- Many viewed grocery shopping as a real drag, but now wish they could go to the store and buy lots of eggs, flour, meat, etc.
- Never liked fish, but now you crave it.
- Things that never seemed very important are critical must-haves now that you don’t have them.
- That long-awaited trip to Italy or on a cruise ship is suddenly less desirable.
- How you wish you could have the stodgy people that live next door over for dinner now.
- When bored, even laundry, cooking, and cleaning house are looked at with less distaste.
What ironies have you noticed in this stressful time?