These days and weeks, and possibly months, have not been typical, so Lauren and I have spent a lot of time together, mostly sweet. She is busy with college and getting her Mary Kay business off the ground, virtually for now and planning for the future when she can have face to face appointments.

If you saw the news during the week of college spring break, you were probably just as disappointed as I was, and maybe some other emotions. The beaches were swamped with college students romping on the beach, swimming in the water, and not social distancing like they should have been. This isn’t a political post but in my opinion, the Florida governor should have shut down his state long before that.

I’m happy to find that all twenty-somethings don’t think like the spring breakers who were heard saying they didn’t care if they got the virus.

I give Lauren a lot of credit when I ask her if she wants to run into the grocery store with me and she says “why would we want to possibly infect both of us?” We also had a discussion regarding the struggle we find ourselves in some days, or for many, most days. Her take on the struggle is to embrace every day no matter what we may be facing. I am happy to hear she is becoming wise.

Lauren’s first friend Carolyn, they were three years old when they became fast friends, and born just four days apart remain close to this day. Carolyn will soon graduate Marine Corp. boot camp.

One more conversation I had with a twenty something revolved around the fact that their family is coming together from all parts of the state for something they did not foresee during this pandemic. It will involve saying goodbye to a loved one. When I asked him how he was doing he saw the positive that his family is together during this time. He will also not be a part of his college commencement exercises since they have been cancelled, but his focus remains on his family.

There are glimmers of hope as we press on each day and I’m happy to report I see them in our twenty somethings!

On another note, it feels so good to be writing here. Between these rambling writings, making YouTube videos, and trying out new recipes, I have found a way to fill some of my creative spaces. If you don’t want to miss out on a thing at the Gates house, you can subscribe to Jody Lynne or my YouTube channel by hitting the red subscribe button on that channel.

While we won’t be together in our church building, we will still be thinking about what this time of year means to us. And looking forward to an Easter celebration when our church will be able to meet again.