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    • I stay with my immediate family so nothing has changed in that regard. We usually visit my grandparents on weekends, so that's not an option now. We video call my paternal grandma occasionally, but my maternal grandma isn't that tech savvy and her eyesight isn't that good. So we sent her a tablet just so we could video call her while we're stuck at home.

      I don't really keep in touch with friends, but when I go to work I do always meet one special friend 😉 We meet everyday at work and we always have breakfast and lunch together. On days when we go back late we have dinner together too. The pandemic has meant that we haven't seen each other for 2 months, so we've been video calling every night before going to bed. We did meet a couple of days ago since the restrictions have been relaxed, and it was very nice to be able to see her again 😊 If anything, being isolated from each other has made us realise just how used we are to spending every day together.

    • As Chris posted, winning the marriage lottery is key to thriving while sequestered. My work involved considerable travel while Judie stayed home rasing our boys and then pursuing an academic career. Seven years of retirement have allowed us to adapt to being in close proximity most days. "Sheltering in place" just intensifies the experience. We enjoy planning and preparing meals together then adjourn to seperate spaces for hobby activities.

      Of course we miss hugs from grandchildren, visiting favorite resturants and socializing with friends! We've posponed a long anticipated camper van road trip to California this summer, but are catching up on chores around the house. Phone conversations, text messages and facetime keep us in touch with children and grandchildren who are experiencing much greater disruption in their daily lives. We feel their pain as they confront realities that cannot be changed but must be endured. Oddly, I feel closer to my own parents these days; the stories they told of growing up during the Great Depression on impoverished southern farms resonate as never before.