We took another stroll around Villanova’s campus today. The photo above shows one of the most heavily traveled parts of campus when school is in session.
Normally at this time of the year, there would be hundreds of students walking on the paths, perhaps a few students tossing a football or frisbee back and forth, and music coming out of the two dorm rooms shown in the picture.
Today, there were no students, no frisbees, no music.
Later that afternoon, we went for another walk around our neighborhood.
The picture below paints a stark contrast to the photo above. Normally, at that time of day, there would be very few cars on the street and in the driveways of our neighborhood. But unlike college campuses, where there is no one, our neighborhoods are filled with people hunkering down. Moms and dads are at home with their kids in the middle of a workday, just waiting for this pandemic to run its course. Older adults are at home, worried about what this all means for them.
I can’t wait until things are back to normal so that I can retake these photos to remind me not to take such simple things for granted.
Stay safe, and thank you to all the helpers out there…