I’ve been thinking about a series of quarantines in years gone by, and for some reason, Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s novel, Love in the Time of Cholera, keeps resurfacing in my head.
During the cholera outbreak, so many people were feeling similarly about the state of humanity: fear, loneliness, uncertainty. However, Marquez writes:
“It was the time when they loved each other best, without hurry or excess, when both were most conscious of, and grateful for, their incredible victory over adversity.”GG Marquez, Love in the Time of Cholera
I’ve been meaning to share an idea with my students in these coming weeks, but I’m going to unveil it now. I’m going to try to use this blog series as a way to explore the ideas of B.C. and A.D. in a new context, which is more than often referred to as a time before, and after, Christ: I’ll call them “Before Coronavirus” and “After Distancing.” They will be a series of points focused on gratitude for what was before, and hope for what lies beyond this, after we eventually overcome the virus.
It won’t be to push any agendas or force any beliefs, but instead, a poignant way to remind ourselves of the gifts we often took for granted and the higher value we will place on them when a sense of normalcy returns.
Love In the Time of Corona, coming soon.