You tell me: will we miss this?

I’ve got a commission that I’m working on and I wondered if you would help.

David Byrne’s site, Reasons to be Cheerful, has asked me to respond to the prompt: will we miss this?

They’re riffing off of a poll that showed that only 9% of Britons want life to return to “normal,” after sheltering-in: “People have noticed significant changes during the lockdown, including cleaner air, more wildlife and stronger communities.”

Let’s be crystal clear: there is no universal “this.” Some of us are essential workers—literally risking our lives for economic or professional or moral reasons. Some of us have lost our jobs. Some of us have barely taken an economic hit. Some of us have been protected by police. Some of us have been targeted and murdered by them. Some of us are being driven happily crazy by littles ones crawling over us as we try to log on to the zoom call; some of us are lonely as hell, wishing anyone would crawl on us so we could remember what human touch feels like. Some of us have lost people we love. (100,000 beloveds.) Some of us have been sick. Some of us have only experienced the coronavirus as an abstraction.

Whatever your experience, it is unprecedented, and taking a moment to reflect can be really healing. I wondered if answering these questions might be helpful for both of us? If you’re game, please leave your answers in the comment section. I bet we can learn a lot from one another.

  1. What do you anticipate missing about sheltering-in (if anything)?

  2. What are your biggest anxieties about things opening back up?

  3. What have you learned about yourself in these last few months that was unexpected or meaningful to you?

  4. What have you learned about the country you live in, and how has that learning shaped how you want to show up as a citizen?

  5. Share a quintessential story of your sheltering-in — a small moment that really broke/touched/buoyed your heart that you never want to forget.

Stella has gone very old school during sheltering-in