Yesterday many media outlets noted that we have reached the one-year mark since the World Health Organization designated COVID-19 as a pandemic.
It’s hard to capture even a small part of the impact of this past year, especially because of all the suffering it has brought. I’ve been fortunate for good health and the health of those around me this past year, which allows me to think about other ways the past year has affected me.
One change I want to share is the fact that Lynne and I have spent lots and lots of time in our neighborhood the past 365 days. We’ve gone on walks, spent time in Yahara park, visited our local grocery store Jenifer St Market, and enjoyed the views from our apartment. We’re lucky to live in a beautiful neighborhood.
This year has encouraged me to recognize its natural beauty even more by being around all the time to see it change throughout the seasons. I remember last April seeing the trees bud and grow their leaves. We enjoyed the sunshine shining through the windows of our apartment while working here in the summer. We noticed the weeks-long colorful transition of the leaves on the trees until they fell. We remarked about the freezing over of the lake this winter and just commented today about it thawing.
In years past, I don’t think I noticed all of this going on in the natural world around me. It’s certainly increased my appreciation for our neighborhood and the way God is present through nature here.
What have you become more aware of in the past year?