Subtitle: New Normal (or when conditions hitherto unknown, heretofore unimaginable, by force of changing uncontrollable circumstance become commonplace)
I’m an introvert. By virtue of my vocation as an ordained minister, at best, I’m a professional extrovert. Thus, while relishing deep and abiding engagements in and with the lives of others, I know the necessity of solitary time to recharge the battery of my soul’s energies.
(As I reflect, I was much influenced by my father who encouraged, indeed, harped on the matter of “developing the life of the mind.” By this, he meant engaging in the practice of thinking, which, of course, could be – perhaps, best – done whilst alone.)
Pontheolla, my dear bride (who, sometimes, rightly refers to me as “a loner”), quite on the other hand, is one I consider to be “an off the (Myers-Briggs) charts extrovert.” (This is not to say that she does not have or enjoy quiet and private moments. For she does. She is never so happy as when she is out in the garden nestling her hands into the womb of fertile earth dreaming of what new life will come forth.) She thrives, aye, she is most alive in the living, loving presence of others. À la Perle Mesta, she, a fine chef and a creative party-planner, loves to entertain. I also call her “one of the original hunter-gatherers.” Her shopping excursions, even if initially “to look for one thing,” can take hours on end. For from her bountiful imagination will spring an idea requiring the search for one or more other things. Yet more to the point, it’s always the people she sees and meets along the way that make the trip worthwhile.
This current (and for the future foreseeable) time of coronavirus pandemic induced social-distancing and self-quarantine has caused us, has called us to spend more time together within our four walls. Indeed, much of each day, a dining room table becoming a shared workspace, we are face-to-face.
Always, we knew that we loved each other. Now, we have reconfirmed that we like each other!
Here’s to a new normal becoming, whene’er we reach some future post-pandemic time, an old normal!