For all of the discuss of “post-COVID life” or something prefer it, the coronavirus pandemic stays very a lot with us. Talk of its finish is untimely. But we do know one thing about how our lives have already modified, and possibly a way of what new or persevering with modifications we are able to plan for as soon as the pandemic is actually over.

That might be huge or tiny. Too many of us have been very sick, or have misplaced family members, or each. Too many of us have misplaced jobs, or lived with the worry of going into unsafe workplaces on daily basis. We’ve all coped with the surreal nature of dwelling via a world pandemic, from the disinfect-your-groceries stage to seeing faculties attempt to get across the definition of shut contacts as quarter-hour of publicity inside 6 toes by having youngsters rise up and stroll across the room each 12 to 14 minutes. Kids got here residence from college at some point and didn’t see their buddies once more for months. We’ve developed opinions about the simplest and/or snug masks.

So, 15 months later, as you assess the modifications in your life which may persist previous the pandemic—every time we really can say it has ended—what stands out to you? Small or giant, unhappy or humorous.

I’ll go, with a small one: Growing up, I usually heard or examine grandparents who had been so formed by the Depression that they by no means threw something out. These days, I have a look at my pantry—nonetheless, a 12 months after grocery shortages abated, stocked with extras of the whole lot nonperishable—and surprise if in a decade I’ll nonetheless have bottles of olive oil and tamari ready within the pantry, if my grandchildren (ought to I’ve any) will roll their eyes at this historic peculiarity of mine, if at all times having extras will likely be a cliché of the COVID-19 era.

What about you?