Uncertainty describes much of pandemic living. In most other areas of life we have the luxury of thinking that somebody surely will surely know the answer. Not this time. Scientists keep peeling away the layers by researching Covid’s capricious behaviors in the hope of understanding this small little spiked protein that can only be seen under an electron microscope. From our evolving understanding, we have strong hope that it can eventually be neutralized and we can be protected from it.
Until then, we check out masks with varying compositions and comfort features—more often discomfort features–and consider eye protection and wash, wash, wash
We give elbow bumps for hugs and stand apart. (I was in a line for a medical check-in this week and happened to cough one little allergy cough; people turned around and looked at me askance, and the man in front of me took a few steps forward!)
We even have uncertainty about the most basic realities, like school starting at the end of summer. The certainty is that we will have school—we just don’t know how we will have school! Children have the least experience to draw upon, so in some ways the changes are probably harder on adults who have a long history of what school is supposed to look like. The important thing is to reassure ourselves and our children that learning will go on. That is one of things that humans do, regardless of the physical circumstances.
One of the most important things we can learn in times of uncertainty is that we will find a way. I keep a quote by Harry Browne on my desk: “When you know that you’re capable of dealing with whatever comes , you have the only security the world has to offer.” As adults, we can look back and remember how somehow we got through things that seemed impossible at the time. It is our job to help shape that reality for our children as they, too, begin to understand the power they have to find their way through the uncertainties of life.