“I started teaching math six years ago and had just changed grade levels from high school to middle school two years ago. So, I had that learning curve, and then I was thrust into a distance-learning situation with my students—all 129 of them.
“It seemed like such a daunting task to all of a sudden switch gears from in-person teaching to online. It was a lot of trial and error. I tried different things, and when they didn’t work, I tried something else until I finally found my groove. That made me realize that I can do really difficult things. I don’t have to have that mindset of ‘oh, no, this is terrible.’ It’s just ‘what are my resources and how can I use them?’
“It took a lot of patience on everybody’s part—teachers, students and parents. And I was really impressed with most everyone. My students appreciated my efforts, too. Some of them sent thank-you cards and emails, which made it all worthwhile. You don’t expect anything like that, so when it comes, it’s just really touching. When it’s not something they’re required to do, you know it comes from the heart, and that makes it extra-special.”
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“I was suffering from anxiety due to COVID-19 and found a Facebook group that connects women. One of them brought over a care package with wine and other items, and it inspired me to do the same for two women. One I didn’t know, and it just so happens the day I brought her wine and gift was her wedding anniversary.” —Lisa S.
“I decided to try online dating for the first time and met the man of my dreams. Because of the quarantine restrictions, we weren’t able to go on a typical dinner date until two months of dating. The whole situation made us be more creative about spending time together.” —Renee P.
“A blessing in disguise came when I lost my job in July. It was unexpected, but it propelled me to do things I’d been wanting to do for years—improve my skills in new areas and seek meaningful and challenging work on my own terms.” —Joe T.
“I have an elderly dog, and being able to spend time with her when I know her time is short has been wonderful.” —Marguarite R.
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Hopes for the Future
Dominique C. on recapturing the vibe at live music festivals: