Tuesday, July 13, 2021

The More Things Change...

There's a saying (I won't try to say it in French) that the more things change, the more they remain the same. That may be true, but the changes we've all seen in the recent past don't seem to me to be going back to "the way we were." The pandemic has made us all change our routine in greater or lesser ways, but some of those changes seem to have been incorporated into our daily routines and may be permanent.

Many people have been forced to "work at home," telecommuting via electronic means (computers, Zoom calls, even using the--gasp--telephone). And although some companies have allowed their employees to be back in the office, a number of them have discovered that it's cheaper and (in some instances) easier to allow employees to continue working from home. This may change in the future, but I'm betting that it won't be universal.

In Texas, we've gotten rid of the mask mandates (whether they work or not remains a point subject to argument and I don't plan to address that here). The grocery stores, post office, and most big box stores have put aside the mandate for masks. But as a result of hand-washing, social distancing, and to some extent masking we have seen a lessening of common upper respiratory infections. How much this will continue, no one knows. For now, the practice remains--not enforced, just force of  habit.

There are a number of changes that are going on. Some are good, some are not. But they have changed our life. Any changes in yours?

5 comments:

Patricia Bradley said...

Other than it cutting into my travel plans, Covid-19 didn't change my life that much physically. Mentally is another subject. lol In the beginning, it was hard for me to focus on writing. Actually it went way beyond the beginning. The book I turned in Nov. 1 required more editing than any book I've ever written. I'm glad to see things getting back to normal, whatever that is. Certainly not the normal we once knew.

Priscilla Bettis said...

Here's a weird and permanent change. I don't just wash my hands anymore; I AGGRESSIVELY wash them in warm-hot water with lots of suds, and now I have to put on lotion every day because my hands are chapped. I suppose the pandemic has made me a little OCD or at least paranoid.

Richard Mabry said...

Patricia, I'm sort of glad to hear that your latest book required more editing than usual. When I finally get around to publishing it, my next novel wil have gone through a lot of self-edits, and I thought I was alone in this.

Priscilla, I would have thought that habitual hand-washing would have stuck, but it obviously had the opposite effect of you.

We'll see what time brings us, but there's little doubt in my mind that we'll all be different for a good while.

Priscilla Bettis said...

Oh, no, I meant I can't wash them normally anymore. I wash them aggressively now, every time.

Richard Mabry said...

Yes, on re-reading, I saw what you were saying. Should have said that it had more than the usual effect on you.