“I just want things to go back to normal” is the yearning I hear from folks near and far. They are anxious, irritated, and sometimes even bored. The disruption to their accustomed routines is uncomfortable – a trait we share with all mammals, who would much rather have the consistency of the known than the risks of the unknown.
Perhaps, however, we’re putting too much attention to what we can’t have rather than what beautifully persists despite social and physical distancing. Most of the “normal” that has changed has been of human construct. Nature, on the other hand, hasn’t missed a beat. She is the constant – the grass is still greening, the birds returning, the buds popping, the rhubarb up and growing.